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Daily Archives: September 12, 2012

Business & Politics

Brian Frank: Timber lines

Former BP executive Brian Frank set to sow seeds of accelerated international growth as new president and CEO of former public corporation TimberWest
Business in Vancouver
September 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Moving from the spotlight of the oil and gas stage to forestry front and centre is easy for a man who plays to mixed audiences with an electric guitar. After 17 years of senior roles with powerhouse BP (NYSE:BP) and a decade on the energy file with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Brian Frank was appointed in May as president and CEO of now privately held TimberWest Forest Corp., Western Canada’s largest private timber and land management company.

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Tolko’s $12-million facility signals Asian markets here to stay

by Gordon Hamilton – Huge Richmond reload centre stores wood headed increasingly to the Far East
Vancouver Sun
September 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko Industries has opened the largest lumber reload centre in B.C., but the products being loaded into containers at the Richmond site are not bound for B.C.’s traditional markets in the U.S. – they are all going overseas to Asia. The building spans 1.6 hectares alongside the Fraser River, and can store enough wood to fill 30,000 containers a year. That’s enough lumber and panelling products to make 90,000 new homes a year, and according to John Langley, Tolko’s general manager of export sales, the new reload centre shows how significant the Asian market has become for Vernon-based Tolko, the world’s fifth-largest producer of softwood lumber.

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Brian Frank, CEO, TimberWest Forest Corp.

BC Business
September 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the recently appointed CEO of TimberWest Forest Corp., Brian Frank focuses on a forestry industry that must become sustainable. Oil and trees are about as strange as bedfellows get, but Brian Frank, the recently appointed CEO of B.C. forestry titan TimberWest, has bridged the gap to bring his professional expertise to both industries. Formerly the CEO of BP Canada Energy Co. and most recently the chief executive of Global Oil Europe and Finance for BP PLC in London, England, these days Frank is focusing on the future of forestry in B.C., a future he sees as entirely dependent on our ability to become immediately sustainable.

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International Paper Co. plans $27 million maintenance project for Pine Hill mill

Press-Register – al.com (blog)
September 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PINE HILL, Alabama — The world’s largest paper company, International Paper Co., has scheduled major maintenance activities at four of its U.S. mills, including its Pine Hill facility, starting in October.  The Memphis, Tenn.-based company said it plans to do preventative maintenance, major repairs and overhaul and equipment replacements at its mills in Eastover, S.C., Augusta, Ga., Cantonment, Fla., and Pine Hill, a containerboard mill in Wilcox County

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Saving NewPage can’t be at the cost of municipalities, MacLean says

Chronicle Herald
September 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There isn’t a single municipal leader in the Strait area who doesn’t want to see the sale of the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill go through. However, those leaders say the sale can’t be at a cost to Richmond County’s financially strapped municipal government. “The province has to step up because everything is being downloaded onto the municipalities and it’s very painful,” Port Haweksbury Mayor Billy Joe MacLean, chairman of the Strait Area Mayors and Wardens Committee, said Tuesday. The committee is made up of mayors from Port Hawkesbury, Antigonish and Mulgrave and wardens from Richmond, Inverness, Antigonish, Guysborough and the District of St. Mary’s.

County appeals decision allowing bid to nix NewPage tax deal to proceed from CTV News
NS: Loss of mill taxes too ‘damaging’, says Richmond County from Cape Breton Post

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Ore. senators say Grant County mill to get timber supply, stay open

Bend Bulletin
September 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West


A commitment from the U.S. Forest Service to supply timber to Malheur Lumber will keep the company’s mill in John Day open, Oregon’s U.S. senators announced today. Prineville-based Ochoco Lumber Co., which owns Malheur Lumber, announced Aug. 17 that it would close the John Day mill Nov. 1 because it could not get enough timber from nearby national forests to keep the mill operating. About two weeks later, Ochoco Lumber said private landowners would provide enough timber to keep the mill operating for six additional weeks.

Malheur Lumber Co. mill in John Day will stay open for now, preserving 70 jobs from The Oregonian
FS will increase timber supply off Malheur Forest from the Blue Mountain Eagle

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With Gunns on its knees what hope for Tasmania’s economy?

BRW
September 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

These are not the best of times for Tasmania. A fragile economy, a population of just 512,000 and the only state separated from the mainland by sea: life is not a bowl of fruit for the Apple Isle.  As if to illustrate the precariousness of Tasmania’s thinly buttressed economy, the drawn-out unravelling of the once mighty timber company Gunns and its ill-fated $2.3 billion Bell Bay pulp mill has left the state’s equally precarious Labor-Greens government without an obvious Plan B for economic growth.

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Joyce: No point in saving newsprint mill

3News NZ
September 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Government says there’s little point trying to save jobs at the threatened Tasman pulp and paper mill in Kawerau, but it’s looking at ways to create new opportunities in the region. The mill’s owner, paper giant Norske Skog, announced on Monday it will permanently close one of its newsprint machines, cutting production by 150,000 tonnes and threatening the loss of more than 100 jobs. Norske Skog chief executive Sven Ombudstvedt says there’s an oversupply of newsprint in the Australasian region, but the company plans to maintain production in Australia.

MP calls for effort to help displaced paper mill workers from the TVNZ..com
No government help for Kawerau paper mill from The NZCity

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Tall story but wood building saves money

Sydney Morning Herald
September 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

THE expression ”timber top” is taking on a new meaning in the building industry as the world’s tallest wooden apartment tower nears completion. Lend Lease last week hoisted the final panel of cross-laminate timber (CLT) in place on the 10th storey of its innovative new Forte building in Docklands….Being the first of its kind in Australia, when it opens its doors Forte will be a test case for residential property buyers unfamiliar with wooden building materials. Lend Lease made a deliberate decision not to sell apartments in the building until it was complete, said head of operations development Daryl Patterson. It wanted to avoid misconceptions that Forte was like a timber-frame house, he said.

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Forestry

Letter deserves reply

The Province
September 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I can’t let George Delisle’s rebuttal to Vicky Husband’s letter go without comment. For Delisle to state that those who care about the health of B.C.’s natural commons live only in urban B.C. and they are against those in rural communities making an honest living is outrageous. To focus on Delisle’s issue of forest health, he is wrong in his assertions. First, these marginal stands have not magically become economic overnight. In the past, the Forests Ministry couldn’t give the timber away even when it offered to cover off the costs of reforestation.

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Replanting Dying B.C. Forests

BC Business
August 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than half of the province’s pine forests have been decimated by beetles and fire, and at least two million hectares of Crown forest need to be restocked. The province doesn’t have the money to do it. Can private investors and innovations in tree planting fill the gap in time to save the forest industry? The clusters of red pines dot the view from Kelowna’s Knox Mountain Park, the unnatural colour standing out against the earth’s green skin like an ugly rash. The trees appear to be huddling for shelter from the wind, but in reality their main predator is no larger than a grain of rice – the mountain pine beetle.

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Challenges and opportunities abound for B.C. forest industry

September 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forestry sector has historically been a strong economic engine for B.C., bringing employment and economic benefits to all parts of the province. The influence of this sector can be seen through many different lenses. …The Asia Pacific region will represent a growing market opportunity for forestry and other sectors of B.C.’s economy: China is expected to grow by 66 million people in the next decade (two current-day Canadas); India is projected to grow by 145 million (four Canadas).

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Forestry award recognizes woodlot owners

Daily Business Buzz
September 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Musquodoboit Valley family has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Woodlot Owner of the Year Award for their contribution to sustainable forest management in the province. Pat and Janet O’Toole, who run a 243-acre woodlot in Carrolls Corner, were chosen as the provincial winner and central regional winner for their commitment to low-impact harvesting. The family’s practice of partial harvesting ensures steady growth of trees of varying ages resulting in continuous tree cover.

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Jerry Brown signs bill boosting California timber industry

Los Angeles Times
September 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday enacting a new tax on lumber sales and restricting legal damages for wildfires. The bill, AB 1492, was pushed through after midnight on the last day of the legislative session. Because it needed two-thirds support in the Legislature, Brown and his aides had to twist arms to secure Republican votes. “This legislation enacts serious bipartisan reform to even the playing field to protect California’s timber-industry jobs,” Brown said in a statement. Previously, oversight of California’s vast timber industry was funded with fees on companies in the state.

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No news on Narrandera forestry nursery future – ABC News …

ABC News, Australia
September 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The push continues to prevent the closure or outsourcing of the New South Wales Forests Nursery at Narrandera. The nursery employs 15 people in full and part time positions. The state government called for expressions of interest in taking over its forestry nurseries last year but the result remains in limbo. The General Manager of Narrandera Shire Council Ray Pluis says the government is negotiating with a not for profit operator, but council has had no news for a couple of months.

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Another hitch for forestry peace talks

ABC Online
September 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s forestry peace talks remain in limbo after forest industry signatories walked away. The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania (FIAT) is refusing to rejoin the talks because the State Government has broken a promise over the restructure of Forestry Tasmania. FIAT says Government officials gave assurances the state-owned company would retain control over production forests. Earlier today, acting Premier Bryan Green today announced he would push for the establishment of a new statutory authority to take control of Tasmania’s production forests.

Tassie forest talks on hold again from The Australian

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Timber workers need not worry, forestry ‘obviously’ included in economic forum

ABC News, Australia
September 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forestry industry was not forgotten and it was never going to be, when delegates came together to discuss economic opportunities in the South East but that didn’t stop an army of concerned timber workers parking outside for most of the day in protest. An invite-only forum looking into the economic diversification of the region has been deemed a success, despite the barrage of timber workers waving signs and chanting for Premier Jay Weatherill and Forestry Minister Gail Gago to front up.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Meadow Lake Tribal Council bursts with energy

Star Phoenix
September 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Smoke billows from the top of the “beehive,” a multi-storey incinerator adjacent to the NorSask sawmill. And it’s a waste. The mill produces an estimated 150 million feet of lumber each year, but the bark, branches, sawdust and other leftovers end up in the beehive. That’s about to change. Construction is expected to begin soon on the $150-million Meadow Lake Bioenergy Centre, one of the most ambitious green energy projects in Saskatchewan history. Wood waste will be converted into energy, powering an estimated 30,000 homes.

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Forest owners endorse criticism of ETS changes

from NZ Forest Owners Association
Scoop Independent News
September 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forest owners have endorsed the strong criticisms made by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment of proposed changes to the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme. “The commissioner and our members continue to believe that an ETS is the right mechanism to price carbon and reduce emissions. But despite being significantly weakened by previous amendments, changes now before a select committee will weaken the scheme further,” says Forest Owners Association chief executive David Rhodes.

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General

Challenges and opportunities abound for B.C. forest industry

September 12, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

The forestry sector has historically been a strong economic engine for B.C., bringing employment and economic benefits to all parts of the province. The influence of this sector can be seen through many different lenses. …The Asia Pacific region will represent a growing market opportunity for forestry and other sectors of B.C.’s economy: China is expected to grow by 66 million people in the next decade (two current-day Canadas); India is projected to grow by 145 million (four Canadas).

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