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Daily Archives: September 25, 2012

Business & Politics

Builders say talks on softwood lumber should remain outside Asia-Pacific trade deal

(author unknown)
September 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Homebuilders don’t want a lumber agreement between the United States and Canada to become part of negotiations on an Asia-Pacific trade deal. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) on Monday called on U.S. trade officials to avoid using the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as a means of renegotiating the U.S.-Canadian softwood lumber agreement prior to its 2015 expiration, arguing it would undermine the successful negotiation of the trade pact. 

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NewPage may haunt mill deal

Former owner a candidate to launch trade challenge
TheChronicleHerald.ca
September 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A substantial aid package crafted to breathe life into a beleaguered Cape Breton paper mill could trigger a trade war between Canada and the United States, and the mill’s former parent company NewPage Corp. could lead the charge. The Nova Scotia government has extended nearly $125 million to Pacific West Commercial Corp., sparking warnings of a tariff action from industry observers. In an ironic twist, the most likely American papermaker to launch a trade challenge against the subsidized paper is NewPage Corp., according to one analyst. Verle Sutton, an industry watcher and player in the world of publication-grade paper, said the restart of the paper mill will flood the market with cheap paper.

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Richmond County cuts mill’s property tax in half

Cape Breton Post
September 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ARICHAT — Richmond County council voted Monday night to cut in half the property taxes paid by a British Columbia paper producer. Beginning in 2013, Pacific West Commercial Corp. will pay $1.3 million per year in property taxes for the former NewPage pulp and paper mill in Point Tupper. The tax deal will continue through to 2015, when the original tax agreement signed with Stora Enso in 2006 was set to terminate. Council’s decision follows an unsuccessful court battle put forward by Pacific West, which argued it should only pay one-sixth of its annual $2.6-million tax bill based on its appraisal of the mill.

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Observers say revamped bid to save paper mill could hurt Nova Scotia government

Canadian Press
September 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — The sudden death and resurrection on the weekend of a multimillion-dollar deal aimed at saving jobs at the idle NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill could hurt the credibility of Nova Scotia’s NDP government, political observers and opposition critics say. Political science professor Doug Brown said Monday the back-and-forth has probably sown a degree of doubt among voters assessing the government’s competency. “I don’t believe the weekend’s events show an incompetent government, but I can understand how it can look bad for the government,” he said in an interview from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish.

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Rail boss takes on forestry

ABC News, Australia
September 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The chairman of Tasmania’s struggling railway network will also take on the role of heading up the Forestry Tasmania board. Cabinet has approved the appointment of Bob Annells, after the shock resignation of Miles Hampton last week. After only three weeks in the job, Mr Hampton quit in protest at the Government’s plans to restructure Forestry Tasmania. Deputy Premier Bryan Green says Mr Annells will provide stability and certainty to the workforce.

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Green split over timber company support

ABC News, Australia
September 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A split has emerged in environment groups over a letter supporting timber company Ta Ann. The Huon Valley Environment Centre says it is shocked and dismayed by the actions of others involved in the forestry peace negotiations. The letter from the Australian Conservation Foundation and Wilderness Society asks Ta Ann customers “to not make any decisions” that could affect Tasmanian wood suppliers. The Huon Valley Environment Centre’s Jenny Weber says the letter gives false confidence to Japanese customers and undermines the work of environment protest groups.

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Uncertain future for Gunns WA timber plantations

ABC News, Australia
September 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The timber company Gunns has entered into voluntary administration, a move which is expected to impact on its operations in Western Australia. The Tasmanian company holds a managing stake in a number of timber plantations in WA’s South West and owns a warehouse in Canning Vale. Gunns also contracts labour to a number of companies in the state’s South West and Great Southern. Lenders have informed the company they will not be extending more than $500 million worth of loans. The company says without the support of lenders, it cannot continue paying wages and meeting debt repayments.

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Timber company Gunns in administration

ABC News, Australia
September 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian timber company Gunns has entered voluntary administration after losing the support of its bankers. Gunns has told the stock market that it was relying on the support of its lenders to continue paying wages and meet debt repayments. The lenders have informed the company they will not be extending more than $500 million worth of loans and Gunns is now in the process of appointing an administrator.

Timeline: The rise and fall of Gunns from ABC News, Australia
Gunns felled by the inevitable from The Business Spectator

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Gunns collapse will kill pulp mill Milne

Financial Review
September 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The collapse of timber company Gunns could spell the end of the company’s controversial pulp mill and put about 600 jobs at risk. …But Federal Greens leader Christine Milne said the company’s controversial pulp mill in the state’s north was now never going to happen. “There will be no pulp mill in the Tamar Valley of Tasmania. It’s wrong to roll out false hope to the people who wanted the pulp mill or to punish those who don’t want the pulp mill by suggesting there is any hope this pulp mill project will be revived,” she said. “You can’t keep on pretending that by doing deals with politicians who will bend the rules about assessment and image you are going to get community support for a project, it won’t happen.”

Giddings: Gunns ‘not the end’ of pulp mill project (video) from the ABC News, Australia

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

VIDEO: The AWMAC BC 2012 Awards of Excellence

Journal of Commerce
September 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

On September 20th, 2012 the BC chapter of the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada held their Awards of Excellence, celebrating the best in British Columbia architectural woodwork in many different sectors from residential projects to large commercial and institutional work. AWMAC BC president Robert Macdonell was able to talk to the Journal of Commerce not only about the importance of the awards but also about larger trends in the industry including the increased use of wood in institutional projects and the wide variety of techniques used by companies in different sectors to use wood in new ways.

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Wood Windows Growth WIll Be Slowest

Woodworking Network
September 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

DALLAS – The U.S. windows and doors market will grow robustly, aided by a rebound in construction expenditures from their depressed 2011 base, says a study by RnR Research, Dallas. The residential market is forecast to post double-digit advances in demand through 2016 But Demand for wood windows and doors is forecast to rise 8.1 percent per year to $10.4 billion in 2016. This is the slowest growth rate of all material types.

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Forestry

Forest industry announces first winner of Skills Award for Indigenous Youth

by The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)
Canada Newswire press release
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has awarded the first annual Skills Award for Indigenous Youth to Baillie Redfern, an M.Sc graduate student studying Genome Science and Technology at the University of British Columbia. The $2,500 award is targeted at youth from 18 to 25 who are enrolled in an apprenticeship program, college or in university who are a First Nations, Métis or Inuit individual with strong academic standing, and who are committed to their field of study and a career in the revitalized forest sector.

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Have you hugged a tree today?

from Tree Canada
Canada Newswire press release
September 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA- We’ve all climbed in them, sat under them and ate fruit from them, but have we ever taken the time to truly appreciate them? With National Tree Day – Canada’s official day to celebrate trees – on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, it’s time to show our nation’s trees just how much we care. Made possible by Tree Canada and national sponsors – MAJESTA, Nissan and TELUS – National Tree Day encourages Canadians to take part in local activities to celebrate trees in their community.

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Shawnigan Lake fire will take more time to douse due to extremely dry conditions

Victoria Times Colonist
September 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A fire burning on TimberWest-managed land near Shawnigan Lake will take more time to completely extinguish. “We’re making good progress on it but it’s going to be a while to put it out,” said provincial fire information officer Donna MacPherson on Monday afternoon. The extent of the work is resulting from the extreme dryness in the area, which is about 12.5 kilometres west of Shawnigan Lake. MacPherson said the dry conditions mean large logs and other objects will have to be broken up one-by-one to ensure the fire has stopped. By Monday afternoon the fire was still about 20 hectares, the same as it was on Sunday.

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Board recognizes National Forest Week

BC Forest Practices Board
September 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Forest Practices board chair Al Gorley issued the following statement today: “This is National Forest Week in Canada. British Columbia has some of the most diverse and biologically rich forests in Canada: forests that support our economy and our livelihoods, forests that provide food, shelter and water, forests that offer spectacular recreational and spiritual experiences.

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Wildfire Detection Changes Improve Safety, Response Time

Department of Natural Resources
Government of Nova Scotia
September 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province is changing its wildfire detection program to improve public safety and fire response time while also better protecting firefighters. Expanded aerial fire detection, with contracted fixed-wing airplane services, will cover much of the province by spring 2013. …Increased public reporting, improved cellphone communication and use of aircraft for fire detection mean fire towers are not needed as much as in the past. Aerial detection gives better information on the size, condition and behaviour of a wildfire. It also helps keep firefighters on the ground safer by getting better information to them faster.

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Calif. wildfire destroys 20 homes, threatens more

Associated Press
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CAMPO, Calif. — Firefighters say a fire that killed an elderly man who refused to evacuate and burned 20 homes in rural San Diego County is smoldering right now, but gusty winds could push it back to life. The blaze in the Campo area near the Mexican border has burned about 4 square miles of hilly brushland. About 25 homes remain threatened Tuesday morning. Fire spokesman Andy Menshek says about 80 people are under evacuation orders. He says the fire is only smoldering, but winds are picking up and there could be 40-mph gusts in the afternoon.

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Controlling Wildfires (2 Letters)

2 Letters to the Editor
New York Times
September 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

As a conservationist and former wildland firefighter trained in the Rocky Mountain West, I know the importance of fire to the health of many of America’s forests. I also lament the loss of lives and property to fires that could not be controlled. Our current reality is extreme: Fires are destroying homes, water supplies and valuable timber, and releasing carbon detrimental to human and wildlife health into the atmosphere.  Many species thrive in extremely burned habitat, and many species, like the Ponderosa pine, are dependent upon frequent low-intensity fires.

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Wildfire forces evacuation of 2,000 people in Spain

Associated Press
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Officials say a forest fire fanned by gusting winds has forced the evacuation of 2,000 people from a handful of small mountain towns in eastern Spain. More than 500 firefighters and 27 water-carrying airplanes and helicopters were deployed Monday to try to extinguish the fire affecting a mountainous area 50 kilometres east of the coastal city of Valencia. Regional Interior Ministry chief Serafin Castellano said “the main enemy now is climatic conditions.”

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Private actors intervene to fight forestry malpractices

The Citizen Reporter
September 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Dar es Salaam. Private actors in the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc), which includes Tanzania, have decided to intervene and fight against illegal harvesting of forest products by forming a special organ — Sadc Timber Board (STB). A report by Tanzania Forest Industries Federation (Shivimita) to the media says the STB – to be the highest representative board of private sector in the Community — will be formed through individual countries’ Timber Boards, which, in turn, would give recommendations on the STB composition.

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