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Daily Archives: September 13, 2012

Business & Politics

Lumber rising amid a strengthening U.S. housing market and tight supply: report

Canadian Press
September 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – North American lumber prices are set to surge in the next couple of years amid a tightened supply from Canada as the U.S. housing market continues to strengthen after years of weakness, a new CIBC report predicts. Spot prices for Western softwood lumber made from spruce, pine and fir trees have steadily increased this year, rising 24 per cent since January to US$310 per thousand board feet in August. That’s 40 per cent higher than two years ago, when the U.S. house-building industry was still suffering from years of over-heated construction activity and a collapse in the mortgage lending industry.

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STEPHENSON: MacLean going too far with tax appeal to province

Chronicle Herald
September 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Billy Joe MacLean is drawing a dangerous line in the sand over tax breaks for large corporations.  The pugilistic Port Hawkesbury mayor has never been shy about demanding levels of support from higher levels of governments to help ailing industries or Strait-area businesses. But when it comes to municipalities caving in to the political pressure to cut deals with big business by providing property tax breaks, MacLean says the province should be stepping in. …MacLean was absolutely right, in August, to declare “enough is enough” when Pacific West demanded, on top of all its other concessions and support, a deal to cut its Richmond County property taxes from $2.5 million to as little as $400,000 a year.

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NewPage mill could produce more than paper: executive

Canadian Press
September 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The prospective owner of the idled NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill in Cape Breton says the company is looking at options to diversify markets for the mill’s products. Marc Dube, the restructuring manager for Pacific West Commercial Corp., told the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that would mean making more than paper from their fibre supply, including extracting sugar, which can also be used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. “Those are the types of things,” he added. “Now you take that sugar and extract from it the things that you can make pharmaceuticals from, the things you can make cosmetics from.”

No plans to sell or dismantle PM1 from the Cape Breton Post

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Promise Of More Timber Keeps John Day Mill Open

OPB News
September 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Owners of the Malheur Lumber Company in John Day are calling off a plan to shutter the facility this November. That’s after the U.S. Forest Service announced it would take steps to speed up the supply of federal timber in Eastern Oregon. For years, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has sought to bridge the differences between logging and environmental groups through his Eastside Forest Bill, which is pending in the Senate. Wyden believes healthy forests can lead to a healthy economy through forest thinning and biomass. But he says infrastructure is key to that.

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Council keen for $27m timber deal

ABC News, Australia
September 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A south-east South Australian council has put up its hand for the multi-million-dollar State Government support package which was turned down by timber manufacturer Carter Holt Harvey. Treasurer Jack Snelling offered the company $27 million in order to help save jobs but it was rejected because Carter Holt Harvey did not believe it addressed long-term industry issues. Wattle Range Mayor Peter Gandolfi has written to the Treasurer, proposing that the money be used to revitalise timber towns like Nangwarry, Kalangadoo and Mt Burr, which have suffered from major forestry job losses over a long period of time.

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UPM only forestry and paper company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

Pulp and Paper News
September 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

UPM’s Biofore vision and consistent work on corporate responsibility has gained recognition: UPM has been listed as the only forestry and paper company worldwide in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. The company has been selected both as a Supersector Leader in Basic Resources sector and Forestry & Paper Sector Leader for 2012-2013 in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). UPM was chosen as an index component for both to the European and World Sustainability Index for 2012-2013. The DJSI tracks the stock performance of the world’s leading companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Six-storey wood-frame condo complex on display

Surrey Now
September 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The largest residential and commercial development in Surrey’s history happens to be the Lower Mainland’s first six-storey wood-frame condominium. Quattro3, the third mid-rise building by Quattro in Surrey, is finished and on display at the corner of 108th Avenue and Whalley Boulevard. The 12-acre property reached completion on Aug. 15. “We are proud to lead Lower Mainland developers with this new marker for woodframe construction,” said Charan Sethi, president and CEO of Tien Sher Group of Companies, in a statement. “It helps keep Quattro3’s home prices more affordable for both homebuyers and investors.”

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Latest update of the Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings available – and now free-of-charge

With new features and data, the latest version of the acclaimed whole building Life Cycle Assessment-based software is now available as a free download
PR Web
September 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute and its software partner Morrison Hershfield are pleased to announce a major change to the distribution of the acclaimed whole building life cycle assessment (LCA)-based software tool, the Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings. The Impact Estimator (IE) is now available for free download from calculatelca.com.

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RISI Announces Shortlist of Winners for the Pulp & Paper International (PPI) Awards 2012

PR Newswire
September 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

BEDFORD, Mass. — RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today announced the shortlist of potential winners of the Pulp & Paper International (PPI) Awards 2012 program. The final winners will be announced and will receive their trophy at the PPI Awards 2012 dinner and awards ceremony on Monday, November 12 in Brussels, Belgium.y

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Topping Off Melbourne’s Timber High-Rise

DesignBuild Source
September 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

There has long been discussion and speculation in regards to Melbourne becoming home to a timber high-rise building. …Lend Lease’s 10-storey building, Forté,is finally taking shape in the Victoria Harbour are, ‘topping out’ last week….For this reason, Lend Lease has labeled the project and its base material as the ‘most significant form of innovation in construction technology that Australia has seen in many years.’ Industry heads are expecting the use of CLT panels to increase in the market, with many citing the unique aesthetic the panels create and the material’s overall performance as strong positive factors.

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Forestry

Capacity Promotes Certification of First Nations Lands Earns SFI President’s Award

Canada Newswire press release
September 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

MILWAUKEE,- A Canadian forestry management company has been internationally recognized for working with First Nations forest landowners to certify their lands and promote responsible forestry practices. Capacity Forest Management received the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) President’s Award today at the SFI annual conference, The Future is Decided Now, in Milwaukee, WI, attended by foresters, First Nations, government agencies and conservationists.

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Project-based learning program returns to high school

Alberni Vallley Times
September 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A program that looked like it may be dead in the water at Alberni District Secondary School is returning due to outside financial support. “It’s a go,” ADSS principal Mike Ruttan said of the revival of the project-based learning program at the high school. Due to funding deficiencies, the program was not going to make it to a fifth year and was thought to be left for dead with the old high school’s building. The funding came from the Truck Loggers Association, which includes representatives from various forestry companies.

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Ash borer chewing through Gatineau Park

Montreal Gazette
September 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

GATINEAU — The emerald ash borer has reached Gatineau Park, threatening its ash trees, but also illustrating the enormous difference between urban and natural forests. In Ottawa, an estimated 25 per cent of the “urban forest” is ash. That’s about 75,000 trees, many planted in neat rows along streets to replace the devastation after Dutch elm disease killed the elms. But in Gatineau Park, only about three per cent of the trees are ash, and these are scattered all over. The far more common hardwood species of maple, oak, beech and birch, and the various evergreens, will maintain a solid forest cover.

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Polish foresters see Sault sites

Sault Star
September 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Adam Pogorzelski brought a lot of company when he returned to Sault Ste. Marie. Forty-one Polish foresters joined him for a chance to meet their Canadian counterparts. Pogorzelski, a forestry consultant based in Olsztyn, a city in northeastern Poland, worked for Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Forest Research Institute and Great Lakes Forestry Centre in the Sault between 1999 and 2009. …Forestry employs 400,000 Polish workers in the primary and value-added sectors, said Pogorzelski. Scotch pine, spruce and oak trees are predominant.

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Agreement will assist small forest landowners in developing more sustainable forests

Washington DNR
September 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE – The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Northwest Natural Resource Group are announcing an innovative public-private partnership for collaboration and innovation in outreach to small forest landowners. Small forest landowners own one quarter of all forests in Washington State, and development pressure continues to encroach upon natural resource lands, making them harder to maintain. The need for innovative tools and assistance that keep these lands viable has never been greater.

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Weyerhaeuser Co. closes timberlands to public

Longview Daily News
September 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser Co. on Tuesday closed its Southwest Washington timberlands to all public access because of fire danger. The closure will remain in effect until the area receives significant rainfall, according to company spokesman Anthony Chavez. Longview Timberlands closed its Southwest Tree Farm (Cowlitz County) and Mid Columbia Tree Farm (Clark County) last week because of fire danger.

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Green groups attack forest industry walk out (with video)

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

Environmental groups have accused the forestry industry of holding Tasmania’s forest peace talks to ransom. The Forest Industry Association of Tasmania (FIAT) will not return to the negotiations until the State Government ensures Forestry Tasmania will continue to control production forests. That has incensed environmental groups involved in the peace talks. Don Henry from the Australian Conservation Foundation says FIAT’s actions are not in the public interest. “You shouldn’t hold peace negotiations to ransom, that’s a dangerous game,” he said.

Second forestry group leaves peace talks from ABC News, Australia

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Timber workers invade city building

ABC News, Australia
September 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forestry union says a meeting with the Premier has demonstrated the South Australian Government still does not understand timber workers’ concerns about log pricing and job security. A group of timber workers stormed into the foyer of the State Administration Centre in Adelaide and demanded the meeting, which Jay Weatherill agreed to. Timber company Carter Holt Harvey has warned south-east mills could close unless Forestry SA agrees to reduce its log prices.

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