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Daily Archives: September 19, 2012

Business & Politics

BD White Birch Investment LLC completes acquisition of White Birch Paper Company

Lesprom
September 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Moscow.. BD White Birch Investment LLC announced the successful completion of the acquisition of the assets of White Birch Paper Company. The completion of the acquisition represents the successful culmination of a nearly three year restructuring process, resulting in the formation of a newly revitalized and competitive enterprise, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

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Owners pledge to rebuild fire-gutted Burns Lake mill

by Gordon Hamilton – Plan to get back into operation by 2014 dependant on timber-supply agreement
Vancouver Sun
September 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The owners of a Burns Lake sawmill that was destroyed in an explosion last January pledged Monday to rebuild it, providing the province follows through on commitments it has made to ensure a timber supply is available to feed the mill. If the conditions are met, Steve Zika, chief executive of Hampton Affiliates, said the company is prepared to make its final investment decision on the new mill on Dec. 3…. And now that it has committed to revisiting its assumptions about the availability of timber in beetle-damaged forests, other communities facing similar problems are likely to want similar treatment, said independent MLA Bob Simpson, who has followed the timber-supply issue closely.

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NDP hoped for ‘something…more definitive’

Prince George Citizen
September 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

New Democratic Party forests critic Norm Macdonald says he is encouraged by Hampton Affiliates announcement Monday that the company intends to rebuild Babine Forest Products although he hoped something firmer would have been brought forward. … “It was a bit of an announcement about an announcement to me,” Macdonald said Monday afternoon. “I thought there would be something a bit more definitive than what we actually see here.” He also noted that the fall sitting of the legislature has been cancelled, which will delay passing any legislation that is necessary to move the project forward.

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How I did it: Derek Orr

McLeod Lake chief means business: Band’s logging business survives lean times, bounces back, wins award
Business in Vancouver
September 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

I walked into a mess. It was 2008, and I was elected the leader of this First Nation at the young age of 33 and had all these aspirations of community development and making a difference in people’s lives, but by January 2009 it was apparent we were close to $13 million in debt. …“Duz Cho Logging was facing the pine beetle epidemic and logging revenues were down significantly, and then the world [economy] crashed. We had equipment that needed to be paid for and people that needed to be paid for their labour, but the contracts just dried up. We were averaging 670,000 cubic metres annually, and then we dropped to 75,000 to 125,000, so it was absolutely atomic.”

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Despite some hard knocks, Japan remains n important economy for B.C. businesses

As the source of new technology and home to more than 125 million consumers, getting into the market in Japan can be rewarding, but the process of being trusted by companies is slow
Vancouver Sun
September 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Poor Japan. Just three years ago it was the world’s second-largest economy. Now that China has taken over the No. 2 spot it seems like the world has forgotten it. And given that Japan is still the world’s third-largest economy, with gross domestic product of $5.689 trillion US, and more than 125 million people, forgetting it would be a mistake. …To break into Japan, B.C.’s forestry industry had to go further. It had to influence how homes were built in order to increase demand for its products, and then it had to create a special product for the Japanese market. …On top of that, Japanese customers didn’t like the quality of the two-by-fours that B.C. was exporting, which sometimes had visual imperfections.

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Injured worker says he’s reminded of Burns Lake blast every day

Prince George Citizen
September 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Darryl Bens is still recovering the injuries he suffered from an explosion at Babine Forest Products on the evening of Jan. 20. “I’m almost at the end of the recovery, it’s going well,” he said after learning Hampton Associates intends to rebuild the mill as long as certain timber supply conditions are met. Bens is thrilled the mill is likely going to be rebuilt but he constantly still thinks about the explosion, which killed two of his co-workers. However just as the physical pain is lessening, time does appear to be healing some of the psychological wounds as well.

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Cone of silence over Campbell River mill sale

Campbell River Mirror
September 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With just hours to go before the scheduled closure of the $8.6 million sale of the Catalyst Paper Elk Falls site, a cone of silence smothers efforts to confirm the status of the deal. Calls Monday and Tuesday to Catalyst Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Responsibility Lyn Brown went unanswered. Calls to the purchaser, Edmonton developer Harold Jahn, owner of Pacifica Deep Sea Terminals Inc., also reached a dead end with his automated answering service declaring that there was “no more room” for voice mail. At Campbell River city hall there was also no information to be had.

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Group given tight deadline to fix B.C. sawmill inspection gaps

by Gordon Hoekstra – Lack of inspections found after explosions destroy two northern mills
Vancouver Sun
September 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group of provincial agencies has been given two weeks to design a plan to ensure sawmills and other industrial plants in B.C. are properly inspected for fire risks. The working group includes officials from the B.C. fire commissioner’s office, WorkSafeBC, the B.C. Safety Authority, the public safety division in Justice Minister Shirley Bond’s ministry and the labour branch in Jobs Minister Pat Bell’s ministry. The decision was taken during a one-hour conference call Tuesday morning with representatives of the agencies after a series of stories in The Vancouver Sun showed that many B.C. sawmills were not being inspected. …The new plan is expected to be implemented by the end of the year, said Bell.

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Opposition raps mill rescue plan

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
September 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government’s plan to award new logging rights so the Burns Lake sawmill can be rebuilt has a chance of working, but it is taking too long, NDP forest critic Norm Macdonald says. …”I remain optimistic, and I certainly hope for the community’s sake that we’ve found something that is not only environmentally responsible, but that can provide workers and communities and First Nations there some good opportunities,” Macdonald said. Cariboo North independent MLA Bob Simpson said the government is apparently hoping to expand the wood pellet industry to use more of the pine beetle-killed trees in the area. He said logging whole trees for pellet production isn’t viable without subsidies.

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Still no deals for mill’s trade unions

Western Star
September 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — It’s been almost three months since the other unions inside the mill agreed to new collective agreements, but the two trades unions at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper are still without new contracts of their own. On June 22, the day four of the locals represented by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada agreed to concession-laden contracts, Local 96 and the electricians it represents stood their ground and rejected the same deal offered to them by parent company Kruger Inc. … However, no deal was hammered out during those three days of talks from Sept. 5-7.

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Bowater workers livid after locals placed in trusteeship

Chronicle Herald
September 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Former Bowater workers are furious this morning after learning their two union locals have been placed in trusteeship by the national executive. More than 30 members gathered in their local union hall just outside Liverpool for more than two hours this morning as word spread via Facebook that national Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union representatives were meeting there with a local union president. …. “This was done without our consent. I think it’s wrong. It was done underhandedly, nobody knew anything about it,” said union member Troy Grant.

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Weyerhaeuser Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Second Year

PR Newsire
September 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

FEDERAL WAY, Wash., /PRNewswire/ — Weyerhaeuser Company today announced it is once again included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index is widely considered one of the most desirable and credible recognitions for sustainability performance. …Weyerhaeuser is one of only three forest products companies included in the World Index and one of only two North American companies. Weyerhaeuser also continues to be a member of the Dow Jones North America Index, as it has every year since its inception in 2005.

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Louisiana-Pacific Drops After Competitor Announces Mill Startup

Bloomberg
September 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Louisiana-Pacific Corp., the largest U.S. producer of a lumber look-alike used in houses and furniture, fell the most in seven weeks after a competitor announced it would open a new plant. Louisiana-Pacific, based in Nashville, Tennessee, dropped 6.1 percent to $13.49 in New York, the biggest decline since July 31. Closely held Georgia-Pacific LLC will ramp up production at its oriented-strand board facility in Clarendon County, South Carolina, in the first quarter of 2013, the Atlanta-based company said in a statement today.

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Warm Springs mill to lay off workers

Portland Business from bizjournals
September 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Officials from a Central Oregon sawmill said Tuesday the company planned to lay off 93 full-time workers. The Warm Springs Forest Products Industries Mill, in Warm Springs, told the state’s Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development it would begin laying off the workers around Nov. 16. The mill filed its notice with the state late Tuesday afternoon. The company has processed lumber products for the past 40 years, according to its website. Warm Springs is owned by Vanport International Inc.

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Govt confirms forestry bailout (video)

ABC News, Australia
September 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government is pushing ahead with a multi-million dollar bailout of cash-strapped Forestry Tasmania.

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Greens support Forestry Tasmania bail out money

ABC News, Australia
September 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Greens leader has defended his party’s decision to support the first instalment of bail out money to Forestry Tasmania. It is despite the Greens having no guarantee the overhaul of the state owned company will end the way they want. The Acting Premier Bryan Green last week wrote to Forestry Tasmania pledging to hand over $20 million for the community functions it provides, such as road building and fire fighting.   “That is an important part of making sure that Forestry Tasmania understand that the government is committed.  The Greens leader Nick McKim had vehemently opposed funding for Forestry Tasmania in its current form

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Finnish lumber exports decline by 2% in June

EUWID
September 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Finnish exports of rough-sawn and planed softwood lumber showed year-on-year decline in June 2012 of 2% to roughly 546,000 m³. The Finnish Forest Industries Federation reports that softwood lumber deliveries to countries outside Europe showed growth of 11% to 276,000 m³ and therefore increased their share in total exports to 51%. Exports to Japan were up by 5% to 66,000 m³ and deliveries to Algeria more than doubled to 50,000 m³. END

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Building playhouses for a good cause

Journal of Commerce
September 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some of British Columbia’s best architects, forest companies and construction firms came together to design and build several unique playhouses for charity. …The People’s Choice award went to the team of Hughes Condon Marler Architects, The Haebler Group and Canfor Pulp for the Building Blocks House. The project earned 32 per cent of the vote. The second place award went to The Airplane House. Students and faculty from the British Columbia Institute of Technology
(BCIT) designed and built it. Canfor was the forest company.

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NB to expand valued-added wood exports to China

Farm Focus
September 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick Premier David Alward announced an agreement aimed at accelerating the growth of value-added wood exports to China on Sept. 12.??The agreement in principle will allow the construction of a wood demonstration project in Hebei Province. The project will help showcase New Brunswick’s value-added wood products industry to potential Chinese developers and investors. ??

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After review, Southern Pine gets good report card

Home Channel News
September 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) has submitted its proposed design values for all grades and sizes of visually graded Southern Pine dimension lumber to the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC), which will meet on Oct. 18, 2012, to hear testimony from interested parties. The ALSC board of review will then make a final decision regarding any new design values.

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Chile and Brazil have began to supply Eucalyptus chips to Chinese mills

Pulp and Paper News
September 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

In late 2011, Brazil and Chile sent the first chip vessels to pulp mills in China in over five years. In the past, Japan had been the major destination for Latin American Eucalyptus chips. With Japanese pulp mills paying considerably more than Chinese pulp mills for chips, it is likely that a majority of Eucalyptus chips from Latin America will continue to be shipped to Japan. …Wood chips from Latin America still accounted for only three percent of all hardwood chips imported to China in the 2Q/12, and these chips were among the costliest chips landing in the country, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly

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Forestry

Spray Lakes forest management

Pincher Creek Echo
September 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… Spray Lakes Sawmills have been operating in Alberta for nearly 70 years but only recently moved into the Crowsnest Pass region and the C5 Forest Management Unit after purchasing the timber harvesting quota from Atlas Lumber. The C5 area differs from many logging regions of Alberta in that the Forest Management Plan is created by the provincial government but put into action largely through private companies, of which Spray Lakes is the largest operator by a significant amount. 

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Forest groups hosting art competition

Prince George Citizen
September 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Association of B.C. Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) are holding an art competition to celebrate National Forest Week. Kids from across the province are invited to draw a picture of what the forests in their communities mean to them. There will be three winners one from each age group. Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to Chapters and will have their pictures published in the ABCFP and TLA magazines and posted on the websites of both organizations.

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Greens Challenge Giant Logging Project

Courthouse News Service
September 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA, Mont. – The U.S. Forest Service plans to log and spray with herbicides 17,000 acres of National Forest without an doing an environmental assessment, environmentalists claim in court. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the Native Ecosystems Council sued the Forest Service in Federal Court. The claim the Forest Service issued an illegal Decision Memo on March 9, approving logging and “herbicide spraying” in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, in west central Montana, and that the USFS approved it without an environmental impact statement or any other environmental assessment.

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Montana wildfires release 7 million tons of emissions

KPAX-TV
September 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BUTTE – This season of Montana wildfires released more than 7 million tons of emissions into the air, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Officials say over time these byproducts will move out of the air naturally, but there could be indirect effects. Wildfires create more than 20 types of byproducts that are released into the air and each one is produced in varying amounts. “There are other pollutants that come off of the fire which are really not in millions of tons but they are in very small quantities, but they are probably more toxic,” said Kumar Ganesan, department head of environmental engineering at Montana Tech.

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Wildfires have worsened in past decade, analysis shows

Press-Enterprise
September 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildfires in the West have been larger and more frequent in the past decade than in any of the 30 years before that, according to an analysis of U.S. Forest Service data released Tuesday, Sept. 18. The news may come as little surprise after a summer of devastating blazes across Colorado, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada and Northern California in a season that is shaping up to be one of the worst on record in the western United States. The official fire season won’t be over for two more months. “This is not an encouraging trend,” said Richard Wiles, director of research for Climate Central, a Princeton, N.J.-based nonprofit group that studies the science of climate change.

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‘It hurts to see the forest’s current state’

Former KNF supervisor struggles with what he sees as lack of management
The Western News
September 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Jim Rathbun has spent his life in the forests. … Rathbun, 78, was Kootenai National Forest Supervisor for six years, from 1983 to ’90. … “I retired because I couldn’t take it anymore,” Rathbun said. “That was 23 years ago. It just hurts to see the forest’s current state.” …. “The (KNF) has a potential of growing 400 million board feet a year. We’re harvesting about 20 million (board feet), if that. How long do you think that can go on before we have a problem?” Rathbun said. “We’re seeing it now. We’ve got timber lying all over the forests. Those are assets that should be logged, and we’re not..

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Slow progress as 1800 fire fighters continue to fight area fires

NCWTV
September 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wenatchee, WA – Jeff Pendleton, Incident Commander for the Wenatchee Fire Complex, told firefighters “we have been developing plans as we have been fighting fire…  We have a force of over 1800 firefighters, crews, engines, and aviation assets. It is time to engage the plan and make our efforts leap forward.” A combination of factors continue to challenge the firefighting effort: Smoky conditions have caused limited visibility, dangerous burning and/or standing dead trees, steep terrain, rolling logs and rocks, plus extremely dry vegetation all contribute to fire fighting dangers.

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Forest Service to treat areas hit by bark beetles

The Daily Planet
September 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Spruce bark beetles have turned up in areas on the Telluride Ski Resort, and crews will be treating problem spots this fall with trap trees, debarking and timber removal. U.S. Forest Service Norwood District Ranger Judy Schutza said the work is a pre-emptive step to keep the forest healthy, and the beetle damage hasn’t hit panic levels yet. “We have found populations a little higher than what we like to see up there,” she said. “We just want to get ahead of the game and keep our forests healthy.”

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Conservation groups sue over Little Belt logging

Associated Press
September 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Two conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service arguing the agency should have completed a more thorough environmental review of a plan to cut down trees killed by mountain pine beetles in the Little Belt Mountains. Lewis and Clark National Forest officials proposed removing such hazard trees near 58 cabins, five radio towers, 157 campgrounds and trails, and along 575 miles of roads in a total area of about 26 square miles.

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Changes coming to forestry department

South Hill Enterprise
September 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LAWRENCEVILLE – The Virginia Department of Forestry is reorganizing forming the Meherrin Work Area covering Brunswick County, Mecklenburg County and Lunenburg County. The office in Brunswick County at 564 Planters Road is closing. Headquarters for the work area will be at 2205 Main Street in Victoria. Similar changes are happening across the state. Edward H. Zimmer, CF, Regional Forester, said Bob Stempel – Forester, and Steve Coleman – Forest Technician, will continue to serve Brunswick County.

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Texas Lumber Industry Tries to Cut Losses, Save Trees

HispanicBusiness.com
September 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Roving lumberjack crews are scouring East Texas, trying to salvage dead or dying pine and hardwood trees. A year after historic drought and wildfires ravaged East Texas, an already economically battered timber industry is literally cutting its losses and hoping the worst is behind. Matt Morris, owner of Morris Timber Co. in Bullard, said he has 14 logging crews working around the region. He said last year’s drought and fires are forcing landowners to log trees for lower prices and lesser products. Trees being grown for lumber are being cut for pulpwood.

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Greek austerity fuels illegal logging, ministry says

Reuters AlertNet
September 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ATHENS – Illegal logging has surged in Greece, as households suffering five years of recession hoard wood to burn during the cold winter days in the place of expensive heating oil, authorities said on Tuesday. The environment ministry has ordered regional authorities to step up checks in forested areas to crack down on unauthorised loggers. “This phenomenon has soared recently because of the crisis,” it said in a statement. Once a symbol of poverty, the lowly wood burning stove is making a comeback among cash-strapped Greeks horrified by the soaring costs of central heating as winter begins.

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University of Canterbury breakthrough in treating exports logs

By University of Canterbury
Scoop Independent News
September 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

University of Canterbury researchers have made a breakthrough in treating export logs by heating them using high voltage electricity. Timber exports are a major contributor to New Zealand’s export earnings. The Ministry of Primary Industries said more than 12.8 million cubic metres of logs with a value of nearly NZ$1.7 billion were exported through New Zealand’s ports last year. The majority of exports (NZ$1 billion) went to China. …University of Canterbury researchers applied high voltage electricity between the ends of logs in tests, causing rapid heating of the log. A minimum core temperature had to be maintained for a minimum period to achieve eradication of pests.

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