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Daily Archives: September 17, 2012

Business & Politics

Wood costs for the world’s pulp industry continued downward trend

Troy Media
September 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

SEATTLE, WA, Sep 15, 2012/ Troy Media/ – Wood fiber costs for the world’s pulp mills were down again in the 2Q/2012. Prices for wood chips and pulplogs in both local currencies and in US dollars fell in most of the 17 regions we track. Uncertainty in demand for pulp, lower pulp and paper prices, reduced market pulp production and a healthy supply of sawmill residuals were all factors that put downward pressure on wood fiber prices this spring and early summer.

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Radium sawmill to restart in October

Columbia Valley Pioneer
September 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor’s revamped Radium sawmill will have plenty of familiar faces returning to work as the mill and planer get closer to a planned mid-October opening. So far, 124 out of 130 unionized employees at the mill are confirmed to be returning to their jobs, said union representative Gary Melnyk, who is also the plant chair for the Radium sawmill. “It’s a whole new mill; it’s not like the old mill,” added Melnyk.

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Balanced market on the horizon

Calgary Herald
September 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta’s housing market is moving to an overall balanced market with modest price gains predicted for 2013, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. “We’re seeing markets really transition here in Alberta,” says Lai Sing Louie, CMHC regional economist for the prairies and territories. “At the beginning of the year, we saw Calgary transition from a buyers’ market to balanced market conditions. It took a couple more quarters for that to happen in Edmonton, and we’ve (since) moved that market into balanced conditions.”

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Employees Disassemble Northern B.C. Pulp Mill (radio)

CBC Daybreak North
September 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As another pulp mill in Northern B.C. shuts down, we head to Chetwynd where workers are tearing down their workplace one piece at a time. Daybreak’s Betsy Trumpener has more.

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Burns Lake sawmill poised to rise from its ashes

Globe and Mail
September 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The owner of a Burns Lake sawmill that was destroyed by an explosion and fire will announce a plan to rebuild the facility on Monday, contingent upon the company securing a timber supply to feed the mill, according to sources involved in the matter. Steve Zika, the chief executive officer of Oregon-based Hampton Affiliates, will be in Burns Lake for the announcement alongside provincial politicians, the sources said. Hampton’s board is understood to have met on Thursday evening to decide whether to proceed with rebuilding the Babine Forest Products facility, which was levelled by the blast in January that killed two men and injured 44 others.

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Many B.C. sawmills not inspected for fire risk

by Gordon Hoekstra – Law requires municipalities to do inspections
Vancouver Sun
September 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Many B.C. sawmills are going without fire inspections, even though provincial law requires municipalities to inspect all public buildings regularly. The sawmill inspections, required under the B.C. Fire Services Act, were not conducted in four of nine Interior municipalities surveyed by The Vancouver Sun. They include Mackenzie, Fort St. James, Houston and Williams Lake, communities that are home to about one dozen sawmills. Outside municipalities, there is no mandate to inspect sawmills or other public buildings, according to the B.C. fire commissioner’s office.

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New life for north shore forestry mills

Northern Ontario Business
September 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The forestry industry is rebounding on the north shore of Lake Superior. The mothballed Terrace Bay pulp mill has a new owner in the Aditya Birla Group of India. Birla is a multi-national Fortune 500 corporation with employees in 36 countries …“It’s a transformational move in the forest sector and the first of its kind in Ontario,” said Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle, the province’s natural resources minister. The Birla Group and a Canadian subsidiary, the AV Group, operates two mills in New Brunswick and supplies markets with specialty pulp products to service the textile and paper industry.

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Province strikes new deal to have former New Page mill to reopen

NG News
September 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PICTOU – The province is stepping in to help re-open the Pacific West Commercial Corporation re-open the former New Page pulp mill in Cape Breton. In a statement released this afternoon, Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker said although the Canada Revenue Agency did not rule in favour of income tax request from Pacific West and Nova Scotia Power, the ruling did have some positive impact for Nova Scotia. Because of it, the province was able to rework its agreement with Pacific West in regard to opening the mill.

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BRIGHTON: N.S.-Pacific West deal lead weight on the taxpayer

Chronicle Herald
September 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

About $1 billion in financial assets disappeared from the provincial economy overnight, some of which immediately reappeared then disappeared with alarming speed. Confused? This is what transpired on Friday. The Canada Revenue Agency, acting as Nova Scotia’s sober house of second thought, declined to issue an advanced tax ruling on a plan hatched by Pacific West Commercial Corp. and Nova Scotia Power Inc.

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Plan to save Oregon sawmill links unlikely allies

Associated Press\
September 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

As another pulp mill in Northern B.C. shuts down, we head to Chetwynd where workers are tearing down their workplace one piece at a time. Daybreak’s Betsy Trumpener has more. The unlikely collaboration among environmentalists, the timber industry, politicians and government officials has spawned a plan to save the mill and its 70 rural jobs. It’s the result of a realization that eastern Oregon’s overgrown and unhealthy forests have created a robust diet for a massive wildfire. “Had you told me 10 years ago that I would be trying to keep a mill open in eastern Oregon, I would have said you’re crazy, but things change,” Susan Jane Brown, Portland-based staff attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center, told The Oregonian.

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Weyerhaeuser closes all tree farms to public access due to extreme high fire in the Pacific Northwest

Lesprom Network
September 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser announced effective immediately that all of its Western Timberlands operations in Washington and Oregon will be closed to public access due to the current extreme forest fire danger. The closure will remain in effect until the operating areas receive adequate rainfall and the temperatures improve, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. 

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Norske did not seek subsidy in New Zealand

NZ City
September 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Norske Skog did not ask the government to subsidise its Tasman pulp and paper mill in Kawerau, Business, Innovation and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says. Norske Skog is closing one of its newsprint machines, cutting production by 150,000 tonnes and threatening the loss of more than 100 jobs. The company will maintain production in Tasmania, where it is receiving state and federal government assistance, despite the oversupply of newsprint in the Australasian region.

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Govt ‘starving’ Forestry Tasmania of cash

ABC News, Australia
September 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania chairman Miles Hampton has resigned over the State Government’s restructuring plan for the state-owned company. Mr Hampton said he could no longer support the policies of the Government and accused it of trying to starve Forestry Tasmania of cash. Resources Minister Bryan Green wants to create a statutory authority to take control of production forests from Forestry Tasmania. Mr Hampton said the decision was not in the best interests of the company and would result in its complete emasculation.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Technology for making wood-substitutes developed

New York Daily News
September 17, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

A technology for making substitutes for wood from natural fibres like coir and jute for making furniture has been developed in Kerala, an official said. A natural fibre polymer composite christened “Polycor” developed here by the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, a composites laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, is very suitable as a substitute for wood-based or alternative products. The process for making it utilises coir fibre as well as other natural fibres like banana and jute.

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Seeing the forest for the trees

September 17, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Anyone driving down Georgia’s highways knows it’s like a painting brought to life — tall, vibrant, strong pine trees line the road, setting the backdrop for a pleasant journey. But forests are more than a pretty view — covering two-thirds of our state, Georgia’s forests serve as critical infrastructure, the backbone to our way of life. … That is why I commend Gov. Nathan Deal for promoting the use of products from Georgia’s responsibly managed forests in state construction — and calling for equal recognition of all credible forest certification standards, a tool to ensure forest products come from responsibly managed forests.

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Rolling Stones Keyboardist Gets ‘Satisfaction’ Opposing Green Building Program

Breitbart.com
September 14, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States


Of all the voices expected to weigh in on the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) continued insistence on monopolizing forest certification standards, some onlookers may be surprised at the most recent entrant into the fray. In a Mother Nature Network opinion editorial, Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell offered hearty praise for governors who have recently taken a stand for fairness in forest certification. Leavell, a Georgia resident, cited Peach State Gov. Nathan Deal’s recent executive order that future state building projects are required to “recognize all forest certifications equally” for inspiring the musician’s wonkish praise.

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Forestry

Logjam blaze on Cowichan Tribes’ land fought by four firefighting crews

Cowichan News Leader
September 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Super-dry conditions and humans kindled Sunday morning’s logjam fire, fought by four crews, on Cowichan Tribes land near the Cowichan River. “Its definitely human caused,” Tim Neal of the B.C. Forest Service told the News Leader Pictorial at around 9:30 a.m. as crews corralled a cauldron of flames spitting fine ash at least a half-kilometre away under sunny skies. Forest service and North Cowichan members hauled miles of hose along a soft gravel bar to the logjam billowing smoke under near-windless conditions.

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‘We’re helpless here’: radio dispatches reveal early minutes of B.C. wildfire

Canadian Press
September 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – It was a dry, hot Sunday afternoon, with winds whipping through British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley at speeds as high as 60 kilometres an hour, when a lone RCMP officer found himself staring at fire in a ditch along the highway into the lakeside community of Peachland. “If this doesn’t get under control, it’s not going to be good,” the unidentified officer told his dispatcher over his police radio. “We’re helpless here without … a fire truck tackling it.” The officer’s prediction, heard in audio recordings of RCMP radio traffic obtained by The Canadian Press, was eerily accurate. In a little more than an hour, the fire raced three kilometres through nearby forests and fields, eventually forcing 1,500 people to flee their homes and destroying four houses.

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Celebrate National Forest Week with photos, pancakes

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Press release
September 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORT ALBERNI – The public is invited to celebrate National Forest Week at the South Island Natural Resource District Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The breakfast… is sponsored by Coulson Forest Products Ltd. and Western Forest Products. Other major sponsors of this event are the Alberni Valley Community Forest, Island Timberlands and TimberWest. There will also be a cake to celebrate the centennial birthdays of both the BC Forest Service and the City of Port Alberni.

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Lightning-caused blazes under control, but caution warranted

www.kamloopsnews.ca
September 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The sound and fury of weekend lightning strikes have subsided, but the risk of a flare-up remains. The season’s first significant lightning activity since the onset of hot, dry weather sparked 68 forest fires since Friday. Eighteen of those were in the Kamloops fire region, including a 4.6-hectare blaze above Dairy Road. Another dozen fires broke out in the Cariboo region, the largest of them contained at 13 hectares.

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Aditya Birla, Pays Plat sign wood deal

The Chronicle Journal
September 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The company in charge of the Terrace Bay pulp mill has signed a deal with Pays Plat First Nation that will allow them to harvest wood from the band’s traditional territory.  In addition, the First Nation has reached an agreement with Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources that will see band members maintain the access roads needed to get at the estimated two million cubic metres of wood the mill — now owned by Aditya Birla Group — is expected to consume annually.

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Domtar Joins International Call to “Follow The Frog”

Campaign promoting Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM products runs September 17-23
Canada NewsWire
September 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar will be joining businesses and individuals around the globe to participate in the Rainforest Alliance’s second annual Follow the Frog Week that kicks off today, September 17, and runs through September 23. Follow the Frog Week is an international social media campaign that encourages shoppers to help create a healthier planet by choosing products that feature the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ green frog seal. 

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Forest mortality declines across the U.S.

Summit County Citizens Voice
September 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

SUMMIT COUNTY — Tree mortality from insects and diseases has dropped dramatically in the past few years, mainly because mountain pine beetles are running out of food, according to a new report from the U.S. Forest Service. But the next significant cycle of insect infestation has already reached epidemic proportions in the south-central Rockies, where spruce beetles are devastating stands of mature spruce trees. The spruce beetle outbreak has been especially intense in the San Juans, where the bugs have killed almost every single mature tree from the creek bottoms all the way up to high-elevation krummholz.

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Judge says Watershed thinning could expose soil

Impact on Ashland Forest Resiliency Project unclear
Ashland Daily Tidings
September 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

City of Ashland and U.S. Forest Service officials are still reviewing potential impacts to a thinning project in the Ashland watershed after a federal judge found that too much bare soil could be exposed to meet environmental safeguards. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke wrote in a recommendation late last week that the 7,600-acre Ashland Forest Resiliency thinning project could expose too much soil. Standards call for 7 percent to 15 percent soil exposure in very high or very severe erosion hazard areas. But the environmental impact statement for the thinning project — which was approved back in 2009 — states that soil exposure will be less than 30 percent in those hazard areas.

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Forest treatment programs helped Colorado this year

ReporterHerald.com
September 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER — Fifteen years ago, the U.S. Forest Service boldly announced a goal of eradicating hazardously overgrown forests nationwide by 2015. That goal is long gone. The threat to Colorado homes in 2013, it now appears, will likely be as high as ever. Forest restoration and bush clearance have lagged even as new housing is built in threatened areas… From the first days of spring, 2012 looked like a potentially disastrous year for wildfires. Winter had brought scant snow to the Rocky Mountains.

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‘Tinfoil’ protects oldest building from wildfire in Gifford Pinchot National Forest

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
September 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As flames ravaged trees south of Mt. Adams this week, firefighters used tinfoil-like wrap to protect a historic ranger station in the area. A tiny ranger station, the Gotchen Guard Station was wrapped in order to save it from the Cascade Creek Wildfire. When wildfires threaten historic buildings in national forests, the USDA Forest Service uses Aluminized Structure Wrap to protect them from radiant heat and burning embers.

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Libs urge more time for forestry exit

ABC News, Australia
September 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Opposition has warned the Government is not giving sawmillers enough time to sign up to exit the industry. Late last week, the Government announced it was allowing sawmillers two weeks to apply to hand back their sawlog contracts with Forestry Tasmania. The first stage of the $15 million, Federally-funded scheme will prioritise sawmillers who will struggle to maintain supply under the peace deal. The Liberals’ Jeremy Rockliff says it is unclear what will happen if the peace talks fail. “No assurances have been given to sawmillers whatsoever,” he said.

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British conkers getting smaller as infection hits horse chestnut trees

September 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

They have blamed the trend on the spread of a pest species which attacks horse chestnut trees (Aesculus hippocastanum). Researchers believe that the majority of the trees in England and Wales are now infected by the leaf miner moth (Cameraria ohridella), the caterpillars of which chew through the leaves. And a study has found that conkers from infested trees are around half the size of those from healthy trees. The study, by the University of Reading and Bartlett Tree Research, involved measuring conkers collected from ten trees.

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Clashes esculate over logging of native forests (Video)

ABC News, Australia
September 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There are concerns over the safety of both forestry workers and environmentalists as they clash in the Central Highlands east of Melbourne.

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British conkers getting smaller as infection hits horse chestnut trees

September 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

They have blamed the trend on the spread of a pest species which attacks horse chestnut trees (Aesculus hippocastanum). Researchers believe that the majority of the trees in England and Wales are now infected by the leaf miner moth (Cameraria ohridella), the caterpillars of which chew through the leaves. And a study has found that conkers from infested trees are around half the size of those from healthy trees. The study, by the University of Reading and Bartlett Tree Research, involved measuring conkers collected from ten trees.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

ETS bill for taxpayer now $1 billion, MPs hear

New Zealand Herald
September 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Critics and supporters of Government plans to water down the emissions trading scheme began making their case to Parliament’s finance and expenditure select committee this week. … Forest Owners Association chief executive David Rhodes backs Wright’s criticism of the planned changes to the scheme. “With carbon prices hovering around $5 a tonne, there is no incentive for emitters to invest in clean technology when even that price is halved for them. “Nor is there the incentive for land owners to plant trees to store carbon,” he said.

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Fears for emissions trading scheme

Otago Daily Times
September 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

New Zealand — The controversial emissions trading scheme (ETS) is going pear-shaped, with carbon credits plunging from $20 per tonne of emissions to $4.20 per unit last week. Senior business reporter Simon Hartley talks to ETS supporters who are highlighting the emerging anomalies and are alarmed over the Government’s proposed changes to the ETS legislation. The carbon price plunge is contributing to deforestation, lack of incentive for new plantings and making it more attractive to convert forests to dairying, tourism or lifestyle blocks – all boding ill for New Zealand to meet its 2050 target of reducing carbon emissions by 50%.

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General

Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update

Packaging Europe
September 17, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Wood fiber costs for the world’s pulp mills were down again in the 2Q/2012. Prices for wood chips and pulplogs in both local currencies and in US dollars fell in most of the 17 regions tracked by the Wood Resource Quarterly. Uncertainty in demand for pulp, lower pulp and paper prices, reduced market pulp production and a healthy supply of sawmill residuals were all factors that put downward pressure on wood fiber prices this spring and early summer. The Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index fell by 4.1 percent from the 1Q/12 to $100.54 per oven-dry ton.

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