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Daily Archives: September 14, 2012

Business & Politics

B.C. chief forester talks log exports at council

Alberni Valley Times
September 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. chief forester and assistant deputy minister Dave Peterson said that without log exports, there would be a lot less logging activity going on. With less logging, there would be fewer logs available domestically. Peterson made the remarks during a presentation at City of Port Alberni council on Monday evening. Council requested more information about the log export program during a meeting with Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson earlier this year.  Peterson started his presentation by saying that the ministry believed
more economic value could be generated if the province exported more
manufactured wood products than unprocessed logs.

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Catalyst Paper comes out of court protection

HQ Cowichan Valley
September 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The smell of success hovered over the Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill Thursday as owner Catalyst Paper announced it has successfully completed its term under court protection. Catalyst has been under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) since January, to deal with its over $800 million debt. According to a press release, Catalyst has reduced its debt by $390 million, eliminated $80 million of accrued interest and reduced annual interest expense and other cash costs by approximately $70 million.

Concessions key to Catalyst success from the HQ Cowichan Valley
Crofton mill’s parent company emerges from creditor protection from the Cowichan News Leader

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County: Tax loss would be catastrophic

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

Richmond County officials revved up their battle Thursday against a new property tax deal for the potential buyers of the NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill. Terminating the existing tax agreement with the municipality would lead to a catastrophic loss of about $2 million in annual tax revenue over three years for the community of 9,500 people, Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax heard. Former mill owner Stora Enso reached a 10-year tax deal with the municipality in 2006. “They’d be turning off the street lights,” said Bruce Clarke, the municipality’s lawyer. “Programs for youth and seniors, and for tourism development, would be lost.”

Ice rinks and yoga up in air if Cape Breton mill wins tax concession: lawyer from the Canadian Press

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Fourth Quarter Hardwood Price Increase Expected

woodworkingnetwork.com
September 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

During the first eight months of 2012, brisk industrial lumber shipments, rising flooring-grade lumber sales and record exports to the Far East helped many North American hardwood sawmills get back into the black. Relatively tight log supplies, limited access to capital, and a growing aversion to sawing unprofitable items kept mills from overproducing markets, as often occurred during past upturns. Consequently, green and kiln-dried lumber prices were unusually stable well into the summer.

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International Paper accelerates expansion into Russian market

Pulp and Paper News
September 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

International Paper considers accelerating its expansion into the Russian market in the coming years, according to John Faraci, the company’s chairman and Chief Executive Officer. According to him, at present International Paper remains one of the leading pulp and paper producers in Russia, and the company plans to further strengthen its market position through the modernization of already existing enterprises. International Paper, which is headquartered in Memphis, is currently actively investing in the modernization of its Russian enterprises.

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Malheur National Forest agreement sends right signal

The Oregonian
September 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The significance of the John Day mill goes beyond the jobs that were temporarily saved. The next closest sawmill is 112 miles away in Pilot Rock. If Malheur Lumber closes, not only will its workers have few options for new jobs, but the cost of cutting trees in the Malheur National Forest will increase because of added travel time. Oregon’s timber industry will never approach the harvest levels of the 1980s, but each mill closure reduces the industry’s capacity — already a fraction of capacity 20 years ago — a little bit more. Because of its location, the John Day mill is crucial.

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Mill may stay closed for up to 8 months

Otago Daily Times
September 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Global oversupply of wood chips for paper pulp means Dunedin City Council-owned City Forests’ joint venture softwood chipping plant at North Taieri may remain temporarily closed for up to eight months. The suspension of operations four months ago is not expected to have any significant financial effect on City Forest’s full-year result, and the plant’s two staff are working with a neighbouring contractor.

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Danish paper mill closes down permanently

Pulp and Paper News
September 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Danish paper manufacturer Dalum Papir, a subsidiary of Arjowiggins, will closed down its PM 6 at its mill in Odense, Denmark. The closure will be effective at the end of the year. About 430 employees are affected. The move is a result of the tough conditions facing the paper industry, in particular graphic paper where the market has been contracted by 6 per cent every year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Why Drexel University Chose Green Globes Over LEED

Facilities Net
September 14, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In just the past five years, to accommodate that growth, the [Drexel University] has built approximately half a billion dollars of new buildings… And all of the new structures will be built to Green Globes standards. Which raises the question: Why Green Globes, as opposed to other, possibly more popular, rating systems? “For us, we were looking for a different approach,” says Francis. “We did use LEED once (on the Integrated Sciences Building) to demonstrate we could get LEED certification. But we wanted a system that’s a little heavier on self-assessment.”

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New wood fiber capacity ramps up in Wisconsin

Plastics Today
September 13, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Significant capacity to produce specially developed wood reinforcements for cost-effective plastic compounds will go online later this year for automotive applications under development. … Development of the new wood reinforcement was spurred by an effort to find a green, cost effective alternative to glass for plastics reinforcement. Cernohous said the Weyerhaeuser natural fiber reinforcement can provide significant savings because of a lower specific gravity than glass and an ability to reduce molding temperatures and cycle times

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Timber Trend Growing Around the World

DesignBuild Source
September 14, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

With changes to timber manufacturing and new design interpretations, the long-overlooked material is back in fashion, finding particular popularity in the global interior design sector. The popularity of the wooden high-rise, exemplified by Melbourne’s Forte building, has bred new perceptions surrounding timber and new technological gains that promise to bring the renewable material back into the popular design realm. According to Canadian architect Shane Williamson of Williamson Chong Architects (WCA), the growing interest in – and prevalence of – wooden structures, interiors and aesthetics due to three main catalysts: technological and functional improvements, updated design possibilities, and sustainability.

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Forestry

Let’s save our ‘last forest’

Letter to the Editor: E. Klemm
Aldergrove Star
September 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I’m concerned about losing the last unprotected old forest in Langley. It lives and breathes in Glenn Valley at 84th Ave. and 257A St., and is up for sale by the Township. We need our green space and trees for many reasons besides oxygen, water filtration and animal habitat. We can no longer deny the fragility of our environment or the reality of a changing climate and global warming.

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Sawmill workers approve first contract

Chronicle Journal
September 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Maintenance and production workers at Resolute Forest Products’ sawmill in Thunder Bay have their first three-year contract. In a ratification vote Sunday, 60 per cent of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union members voted, by secret ballot, to ratify the agreement.  But not everyone was happy with the deal.  One disgruntled worker called it the worst contract in the history of sawmills in Northwestern Ontario. He suggested that negotiators “used smoke and mirror tactics to scare junior employees into signing a contract that will only benefit . . . CEP and Resolute. “I will now clear just as much as someone making minimum wage,” he said.

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Timber harvest to begin in water

Bonner County Daily Bee
September 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SANDPOINT — After council members approved a timber sale earlier this year, the timber harvest is just about ready to begin. At the most recent city council meeting, council members approved a contract with Welco Lumber Company to harvest trees in the Little Sand Creek Watershed, a deal that will add more than $60,000 to city coffers. According to the contract, all harvesting must be complete by Oct. 15. While Welco Lumber Company was the only bidder on the contract, that didn’t have much of an impact on the quality of the deal from the perspective of city staff. “This is a very good price,” Public Works Director Kody Van Dyk said.

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California economy: Timber industry getting back on its feet

California Forward Reporting
September 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

California’s beleaguered timber industry has had some good news recently. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation this week enacting a new consumer tax on lumber sales. The win for lumber companies is the law will also restrict legal damages for wildfires. And last month, it was reported that California timber sales are actually up in 2012, reversing a five year slump in what was once a booming industry in California. …This bill makes our company more competitive with out-of-state businesses and strengthens our industry,” said a statement printed in the L.A. Times from Red Emmerson, president of Sierra Pacific Industries, the state’s largest timber company.

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Environmentalists sue over Idaho logging project

Associated Press
September 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — Two environmental groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over a planned logging project in north-central Idaho because they contend the logging will violate the Endangered Species Act. Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the Clearwater filed the lawsuit against the Forest Service, agency officials and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Idaho’s U.S. District Court earlier this week. The groups say the government’s decision to allow logging on about 4 square miles of the Nez Perce National Forest was arbitrary and capricious and that the work will threaten some endangered species by destroying habitat for animals including Canada lynx, northern goshawks and bull trout.

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Group efforts lead to forest $$

California Union Democrat
September 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new approach to developing work projects in national forests is bringing in millions of dollars and producing results throughout the Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. In response to the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act legislation of 2009, groups were formed to represent a wide variety of interests including government, private industry, environmentalists and tribal representatives. 

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Timber industry group opposes BLM auction

Mail Tribune
September 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A 6.75-million-board-foot timber sale the U.S. Bureau of Land Management hopes to auction off today has been protested ­—- by a timber industry group. The Portland-based American Forest Resource Council has filed an administrative protest against the Vine Maple sale in the Butte Falls Resource Area, which has been supported by both a local timber industry group and an environmental organization. In a written protest on Aug. 30, AFRC president Tom Partin concluded the sale would violate the O&C Act, the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan and the BLM’s Medford District resource management plan.

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Lessons from the US: stopping illegal logging benefits both sides of politics

The Conversation
September 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As the Australia Parliament currently debates legislation to fight illegal logging, it’s worth considering the impact of the American and European laws on which the Australian effort is modelled. We may be in a unique position to do so: our long careers in the timber industry led both of us to be strong initiators and advocates of the US Lacey Act, which prohibits the import and trade of illegal wood and wood products. Our philosophy, like most of the forest products industry, has been to conduct business and manage forests in a way that ensures the timber resources we rely upon will remain healthy and available for future generations.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Critic discounts Carbon Trust studies

Vancouver Sun
September 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province’s economy has enjoyed a significant economic boost from the four-year-old Pacific Carbon Trust, according to two studies commissioned by the controversial organization. But a longtime critic of the trust dismissed the findings of both studies, which cost nearly $70,000. Independent MLA Bob Simpson said the trust is desperately trying to build a case to justify its continued operations with these reports. …”The trust money was a Christmas gift to companies,” said Simpson. “So, I think it’s a complete farce for the trust to then turn around … to suggest their money created these projects and therefore they can take credit for them,” he said.

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Nexterra, UBC and GE Celebrate the Opening of Groundbreaking Renewable Biomass CHP System – A First in North America

Canada NewsWire
September 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Nexterra Systems Corp., the University of British Columbiaand GE today celebrated the successful completion of an energy-from-renewable-waste combined heat and power system located at UBC’s Vancouver campus. This is North America’s first commercial demonstration of a transformative system that combines Nexterra’s gasification and syngas conditioning technologies with one of GE’s high-efficient Jenbacher internal combustion engines. …Designed by McFarland Marceau Architects, [the] bioenergy system is housed in a remarkable building that was constructed using cross-laminate timber …This will be one of the first CLT buildings in North America and will demonstrate its market potential for the forest industry.

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Cheakamus Community Forest to sell carbon credits

Whistler Question
September 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Whistler companies looking to purchase carbon credits to offset their corporate emissions will soon have a locally-grown option. The Cheakamus Community Forest is breaking new ground with its efforts to reduce its reliance on logging for revenue and instead sell verified emission reduction credits, or carbon credits. The provincial government has officially approved the project in principle and now those involved are working to finalize the details and go through the internationally recognized accreditation process.

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Cut the forests down now

Northern Ontario Business
September 10, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

As an economist I don’t make predictions about climate change. … Of our two major industries, mining is not likely to be affected much by climate change. Forestry is a different matter. The band of forests across the middle of Ontario produces most of the province’s dimensional lumber, pulp and paper, plywood and oriented strand board. It put the bread and butter on the table for most Northern communities. The Ontario Forest Research Institute has been studying the effect of climate change on the Northern forests. The results are pretty scary.

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Swedish deal for waste wood

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production Magazine
September 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A Wood recycling company in Elkesley has just secured a contract to supply biomass timber to a renewable energy plant in Sweden. Plevin will supply the material from its Elkesley site in an 18-month deal starting later this month, by exporting via Grimsby docks. Managing director Jamie Plevin said the company would be contributing to green energy production through the deal. “We are building a strong client base in the renewable energy sector, and this latest deal strengthens our position even further,” he said.

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General

New CEO appointed for forestry division

Western Star
September 14, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

CORNER BROOK — Forestry and Agrifoods Agency has a new chief executive officer.
The appointment of James Evans for the Department of Natural Resources position in Corner Brook was announced by Premier Kathy Dunderdale Wednesday. He succeeds Len Moores, who recently retired from public service. “Mr. Evans is a well-respected senior executive with the Department of Natural Resources and his extensive knowledge and experience within the forestry and agrifoods industry will serve him well in this new role”

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