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Daily Archives: September 24, 2012

Business & Politics

Forest Product Industry Applauds Smart Government Policy

by Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
September 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, – The Forest Products Association of Canada would like to congratulate the Government of Canada for the unprecedented success of its $1Billion Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program and for its continued commitment to the ongoing transformation of the forest products sector. The “Report on Results” on this phase of the government’s ongoing strategic support for the industry has just been released. It shows the 98 projects that received funds from PPGTP supported 14,000 jobs, improved air quality, lowered fossil fuel consumption and reduced greenhouse gas emissions with some mills adding sufficient renewable electrical capacity to export green power to the grid. About two thirds of the funding went to member companies of FPAC.

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Hampton Affiliates Seeks Concessions to Rebuild Destroyed Sawmill

Woodworking Network
September 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORTLAND, OR – Hampton Affiliates said it will rebuild the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, BC, destroyed in a deadly explosion and fire, contingent on government guarantees for sufficient timber supply and negotiating “an acceptable agreement” with the United Steel Workers union. …Zilka added that he hopes agreements can be finalized with the the British Columbia government for timber supply and the union in time for a scheduled Dec. 3 meeting of the Hampton Affiliates Board of Directors “so they can be assured that some of the risk in this decision has been reduced.”

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Forest group enjoys P.G., shows industry rebound

Prince George Citizen
September 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Handing out money to aspiring forest industry professionals and checking out the site of their new local office are signs COFI is enjoying the forestry climate of Prince George. The Council of Forest Industries held its annual community dinner in P.G. on Thursday, the climax of several days of local activity for the Vancouver-based lobby group that advocates across Canada and around the world for the B.C. forest sector. This year was one of the sunniest in recent memories for more than just weather reasons. COFI president and CEO John Allan said he was proud to hand out 10 cheques for $1,000 each to the top students in their scholarship competition, because they were choosing a field that has weathered yet another economic tempest and is looking more resilient than ever.

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Vancouver company drops bid to restart Cape Breton paper mill

Canadian Press
September 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — The Vancouver company that planned to buy an idle paper mill in Cape Breton stunned the province Friday by suddenly backing out of its bid, saying an unfavourable tax ruling from Ottawa effectively killed the deal. Pacific West Commercial Corp. issued a statement saying the recent decision from the Canada Revenue Agency made it impossible to ensure economic viability of the former NewPage mill at Point Tupper, which was shut down a year ago, throwing 600 people out of work. The company said that despite the provincial government’s efforts to come up with a compromise to ease the tax burden, both parties decided the tax implications could not be overcome.

Port Hawkesbury mill not reopening from CBC News
Paper mill deal falls apart from the Chronicle Herald
Paper mill deal loss ‘devastating’ to Port Hawkesbury from CBC News

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Tax-saving split saved mill deal

Chronicle Herald
September 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada


A change of heart on sharing tax savings with the province was a key factor in reviving an agreement to restart the Point Tupper mill, a deal that appeared dead Friday night, says a senior Dexter government official. Not long after Pacific West Commercial Corp. announced the deal was off the rails, the company contacted the province to get negotiations going again. The company, a subsidiary of Stern Partners Inc. of Vancouver, was willing to discuss a 50-50 split with the province, after all.

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Frantic all-nighter ends with new deal for paper mill (& video)

Chronicle Herald
September 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After putting out a news release declaring the death of the Point Tupper pulp and paper mill, Premier Darrell Dexter and his staff pulled an all- nighter. Their about-face was a done deal just hours later. The former NewPage paper mill will reopen under the terms of a new agreement, Dexter said Saturday evening, capping a 24-hour roller-coaster ride for a region grieving the loss of its core in­dustry. . …The province’s new offer depends on two new tax arrangements that came on the table for serious discussion after Friday’s unfavourable ruling by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Nova Scotia paper mill revived in 11th-hour twist from the Chronicle Herald
New agreement to reopen former NewPage mill from the Truro Daily News
Cape Breton town rejoices at 11th hour bailout from The Globe and Mail
New Deal is welcome from the Cape Breton Post
New Deal reached in bid to reopen Cape Breton mill from CTV News
Nova Scotia reaches new agreement in bid to reopen Cape Breton paper mill from The Canadian Press

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Nova Scotia government under fire for NewPage funding deal Provided

Canadian Press
September 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government is under fire after inking a new agreement it hopes will lead to the reopening of the shuttered NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill. Some critics say taxpayers are shouldering all the risk. …Nova Scotia’s profit-sharing cap of $9 million will also be increased to $24 million under the new agreement. Kevin Lacey of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says profit-sharing assumes that the mill will make money. He says that likely will not happen in the short-term given the mill’s and the paper industry’s track record in the province.

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Stressed and overworked, contractors try to catch up

Chronicle Herald
September 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POMQUET — Like many times before, Elizabeth Van Den Heuvel spent Sunday morning without her husband. Upon learning the province had struck a last-minute deal to save the Point Tupper pulp and paper mill, the Pomquet, Antigonish County, harvester was out the door at 6 a.m. to be with his machines in northern Cape Breton. “Every hour lost is one you don’t get back,” Peter Van Den Heuvel said when he called home Sunday morning only to learn a reporter was sitting at his kitchen table. Harvesting and trucking contractors in northeastern Nova Scotia have lost too much over the past year to lose any time getting back to work.

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Lumber Tax Replaces Forest Regulatory Fees in California

Woodworking Network
September 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO —California’s timber industry groups say they scored a big win with the passage by the California Assembly of AB 1492, a bill that eliminates regulatory fees on California timber firms, allows extra time to harvest timber, and prevents excessive civil liability for wildfires – all hot button issues for the forest products business. “California’s laws have saddled our timber industry with costly burdens while giving out-of-state competitors a free ride—but that stops today,” said Governor Brown in a statement issued Sept. 11, when he signed the bill.

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Sawmill contract still not signed by Klausner

Branford News
September 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Live Oak — The contract between Klausner Lumber One, LLC and Suwannee County has still not been signed yet by Klausner, according to Bill Graham, county-hired attorney who has been handling contract negotiations. “The contract has not been signed. Klausner wants to come next week to talk,” said Graham. The Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners voted 3-1 in favor of the contract Tuesday night. If the contract is signed by Klausner then the company will build a state-of-the-art sawmill in western Suwannee County.

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Premier backs her deputy on forestry stoush

ABC News, Australia
September 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmania’s Premier has vowed to push ahead with the controversial restructure of Forestry Tasmania which is threatening the peace talks. Lara Giddings touched down yesterday from her 12-day Asian trade mission to give total backing to her deputy’s handling of the issue. While away, the Forest Industries Association extended its boycott of the fragile peace deal negotiations and Miles Hampton resigned as Forestry Tasmania chairman Bryan Green has been accused of breaking promises about the Forestry Tasmania’s restructuring. Ms Giddings rejected calls for his sacking.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Laminated beams to meet timber demand

Kuensel, Buhutan’s National Newspaper
September 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Bhutan will soon introduce glulam or laminated beams to meet the demand for wood, strengthen local processing capabilities as well as upgrade wood processing technologies in the country. Glulam is a piece of wood in small sizes made of glued, sawn and laminated timbers. The wooden pieces have glue on either side and can be stuck to make it bigger. Forests and park services department had invited the chairman of Haring and Co. Ltd from Switzerland, Christoph Haring to Bhutan last month to make a preliminary assessment on the feasibility of laminated beams for large Bhutanese structures like dzongs, bridges and other wood works.

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Forestry

Natural Resources Minister Oliver Marks National Forest Week

Natural Resources Canada
September 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

“National Forest Week gives all Canadians an opportunity to reflect on the importance of forests in our everyday lives. Canada’s great forests are playing a major role in our economy, culture, history, and traditions….  “Our Government recognizes that our forest sector is an important economic driver, particularly in rural communities. Canada’s forest industry contributes $23.7 billion toward our gross domestic product and $17.2 billion toward our balance of trade, and it directly employs 234,000 people.

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‘Hard slog’ ahead in fighting forest fire west of Shawnigan Lake

Victoria Times Colonist
September 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fire crews near Shawnigan Lake had contained about 20 per cent of a rapidly growing forest fire by Sunday evening. By Sunday, the fire that began Saturday had expanded to about 20 hectares. It grew from about four hectares Saturday evening and has been extremely difficult to put out because of an unusually dry late summer, fire officials said. A lack of rain has created tinder-dry conditions on the TimberWest-managed land, about 12.5 kilometres west of Shawnigan Lake.

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B.C.’s forest cop fells tree-poaching plots

Mountie patrols out in the ‘middle of nowhere,’ but says the work is never dull
Vancouver Sun
September 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Responding to a tip about a possible tree theft, RCMP Const. Cameron Kamiya and a colleague climbed up a steep, rugged trail, surrounded by towering trees and dense brush. Then they heard the unmistakable crash of a felled tree. Two men near the scene at first claimed they were just hiking. But things didn’t add up. Who wears gum-boots hiking? Moments later, two more men popped out of the bushes – one was covered head-to-toe in sawdust. They were busted. Kamiya has the distinction of being the national police force’s only full-time forest-crime investigator.

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National Forest Week celebrates forests, communities

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
September 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – In advance of National Forest Week, Sept. 23-29, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson released the following statement:  “As B.C.’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, I’m pleased to celebrate National Forest Week. This year’s theme, Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities, provides an opportunity to reflect on how forests and communities are connected.  “This year the province celebrates the centennial birthday of the BC Forest Service. For the past 100 years, the BC Forest Service has managed and protected our forests so we all can enjoy the benefits they offer.

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Foresters in classrooms across Canada

The Ontario Forestry Association
Canada Newswire press release
September 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO- The Ontario Forestry Association (OFA) has initiated a partnership with professional forester associations across Canada to Invite a Forester into classrooms. The response to this initiative has been overwhelming, linking over 110 foresters to classrooms across the country in its initial year. This means that throughout the week of September 23 rd foresters will be in schools across Canada , reaching students and teachers directly, providing career mentoring advice and highlighting the important work that foresters do to sustain our forests and our communities. Invite a Forester celebrates National Forest Week, September 23-29, and the theme of Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities.

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Kitzhaber forming groups to increase lumber harvests

The Oregonian
September 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Gov. John Kitzhaber said he’ll convene a panel of timber industry executives, conservation groups and hard-hit county representatives to figure out how to allow more logging on 2.6 million acres of federal land while protecting key environmental features. Kitzhaber said an existing proposal to revise management of what are known as the Oregon & California Railroad timberlands is doomed by opposition from conservation groups, which felt left out of a bill backed by Oregon Reps. Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden. In an interview Friday in Portland, the governor said he envisions a group of 10 to 12 people who will meet weekly in October and November to craft a proposal, and will present it to the state’s congressional delegation by December.

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Appellate court rules in favor of Forest Service plan to reduce fire risk near Tahoe

Sacramento Bee
September 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Backing up an earlier ruling by a Sacramento judge, a federal appellate court has rejected a challenge by environmentalists to the U.S. Forest Service’s effort to reduce the risk of a recurrence of the disastrous Angora fire near South Lake Tahoe in 2007. U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. last year tossed out a lawsuit in which Earth Island Institute and the Center for Biological Diversity claimed the Forest Service ignored the law when it “failed to take a hard look” at the impact of the Angora Fire Restoration Project on a bird species, on future fire behavior and on climate change. The agency addressed these issues “in proportion to (their) significance,” Burrell declared.

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Crews battle fire at Missoula’s Roseburg Forest Products

KPAX-TV
September 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA- Firefighters were called to the scene of a fire at Missoula’s Roseburg Forest Products mill on Raser Drive early Sunday morning. The fire was reported as being in the air vacuum handling system at the bag house, and flames were visible at the time of dispatch, according to Missoula Rural Fire District Assistant Fire Chief Brent L. Christopherson.

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2 Southern Calif. fires send residents fleeing

Associated Press
September 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MURRIETA, Calif.— Firefighters were trying to gain control of a pair of wildfires in Southern California sent residents fleeing and destroyed at least four homes. In Riverside County, a fire that erupted near a park Sunday afternoon threatened as many as 200 homes as it quickly spread to more than 150 acres of brush, said Murrieta Fire Department Chief Matt Shobert. More than 150 firefighters, aided by five water- and retardant-dropping aircraft, worked under 90-degrees heat to contain 35 percent of the blaze.

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Jamaica to get forest fire management plan – News – Go-Jamaica

Go Jamaica
September 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Jamaica will soon have its own Forest Fire Management Programme to stem the continued loss of key forest resources due to forest fires. Over the past three years there have been 45 forest fires destroying about 57 hectares of forest. To curtail the loss, the Forestry Department assisted by the United States Forest Service is drafting the programme to guide the island’s response to forest fires. Honourable Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change announced the drafting of the policy, while speaking at the launch of the Westphalia Local Forest Management Committee (LFMC) on Wednesday, September 12.

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The timber industry in the old days; broadaxe and crosscut saw

ABC News, Australia
September 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Harry Brown worked for 40 years in the timber industry. He remembers a time when petrol cost 1d.8s. a gallon. “It was a reasonable living,” says Harry of his 40 years working for Bunnings in the South West. The pictures cost “two bob” and fish and chips was two bob, or two shillings, as well. Harry is one of the few who now remember how to wield a broadaxe and a crosscut saw.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate change could awaken ancient Canadian forests: Study 9

QMI Agency
September 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ancient forests in Canada’s North could one day bloom again, thanks to climate change, a new study has found.  Bylot Island in Nunavut is home to a fossilized forest that scientists estimate is between two and three million years old. Once upon a time, the North’s cold and barren landscape featured a lush forest of oak, pine, spruce and hickory. ….”According to the data model, climate conditions on Bylot Island will be able to support the kinds of trees we find in the fossilized forest that currently exist there, such as willow, pine and spruce.

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Biomass plant proceeding, says power utility

Port Tupper facility will use ‘sustainably harvested’ wood only
CBC News
September 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia Power says its biomass plant is going ahead regardless of what happens at the neighboring NewPage paper mill in Port Hawkesbury. The utility had intended to sell power to NewPage, but the mill’s future is still up in the air. Nova Scotia Power’s biomass plant, which is under construction at Point Tupper in the Strait of Canso, will go online next year and it will use only wood that is sustainably harvested, said Mark Sidebottom, Nova Scotia Power’s vice-president of power generation.

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