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Daily Archives: September 26, 2012

Business & Politics

Actions in Asia saved our wood industry

When the U.S. housing market tanked, forest product firms cultivated customers elsewhere
Vancouver Sun
September 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

British Columbia’s forest products industry is a good example of how to go places and get business. Not long ago it was almost wholly reliant on the United States to buy its goods. But then the U.S. housing market crashed, cutting demand drastically. Since then, demand from China for B.C.’s wood has taken off, going from less than $50 million in lumber sales to $1.1 billion annually, said B.C. Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Pat Bell. But the process of selling wood to China, and elsewhere started long before the market crashed in the U.S.

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Following the logs: China wastes much of what Bay Area exports

Coos Bay World
September 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COOS BAY — When a tree falls in Oregon, what happens in China?  In March, Bill Frings, senior resource manager for Plum Creek’s Oregon Unit, followed a shipload of his company’s logs across the Pacific to learn how his company could do more business there. …Even before he got off the plane in Beijing, Frings had sniffed out one of the factors that’s shaping China’s economy: smog. …Frings said the corrosive atmosphere limits the lifespan of a concrete apartment building in China to about 20 years. …And to build those concrete buildings, Frings learned, China needs our logs.

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Saratoga sawmill set to reopen, generating jobs

KULR8.com
September 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A sawmill is expected to reopen in Saratoga in December, bringing what the new owner says will be more than 80 job opportunities to Carbon County. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the mill, now known as Saratoga Forest Management, was purchased by Gary Ervin of Oregon in April 2011. The new owner says he needs to replace some equipment before opening, but when it does, the mill “will be a shot in the arm to the local economy.”

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Gunns pulp mill permit could be up for sale

Sydney Morning Herald
September 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The permit for Gunns’ contentious northern Tasmanian pulp mill is likely to be offered for sale by receivers winding up the failed timber company. …But administrator PPB Advisory says the licence could still be alive if a buyer can be found.  “I’d imagine the receivers will make an assessment on the economics of each of the big buckets of assets – the forestry, the sawmills and the pulp mill – and they would obviously explore the market in terms of where that value might sit,” PPB’s Daniel Bryant told ABC radio.

Forest Industry not confident of pulp mill future from ABC New, Australia

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Doctor gives bad news to Gunns

Sydney Morning Herald
September 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

WHEN the time comes to call the doctor, a patient’s medical history often plays a key role in quickly diagnosing the ailment. …Between August 2007 and late last year, Gunns provided more than a dozen pulp mill updates to the ASX. …Yesterday the patient visited the doctor and received the grim news. For years, Gunns has spoken of reaching the ”final stages” – now those words resemble something quite different.

Falling woodchip prices fell Gunns from WAtoday.com.au
Dollar squeezed life out of Gunns from The Sydney Morning Herald
Gunns brought undone by ‘corporate hubris’ from The Age
Flanagan: Gunns’ demise lifts a darkness over Tasmania’ from Crikey

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Gunns exit a challenge for the smallest state

The Age
September 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

These are good times for Tasmanian trees but less so for Tasmanians. Gunns, formerly the state’s biggest company, went into voluntary administration, putting an end to its eight-year battle to build a $2.3 billion pulp mill in northern Tasmania. With it goes potentially hundreds of jobs. The collapse is a further challenge for Australia’s smallest state, in population and economy, which had been unkindly dubbed by one West Australian MP ”the Greece of Australia”. While comparisons with Europe’s crisis epicentre may be stretching it, the economic gulf between Tasmanians and the mainland has lately been growing deeper and wider.

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Union to fight for Gunns entitlements

AAP
September 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The union representing Gunns employees has vowed to fight for the entitlements of workers who lose their jobs as a result of the Tasmanian woodchipper entering administration. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) says the entitlements of 45 employees already due to be made redundant at the beleaguered company may be at risk.

Payout doubts for Gunns’ workers from ABC New, Australia

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Gunns businesses viable, says union

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

The spectre of big job losses has tempered green groups’ celebrations over the likely demise of Gunns’ pulp mill project in northern Tasmania. The union representing Gunns employees remains hopeful the beleaguered timber company’s businesses can survive and jobs can be saved. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) says several of Gunns’ concerns, including operations at Bell Bay in Tasmania and Tarpeena in South Australia, are viable and many of its 600 workers can stay employed. But it has warned an incoming administrator it will leave no stone unturned in seeking to ensure sacked workers’ entitlements are paid.

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Cost review will lead to redundancies at Södra

Pulp and Paper News
September 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

This measure will affect all Swedish business areas, and staff at all levels Södra will be making 260 people redundant as part of its drive to reduce the group’s costs. The move is being taken in order to face up to international competition at a time when the economic situation is poor and significant fluctuations in currency exchange rates have exacerbated the situation.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Many pulp and paper mills will change future water usage goals

Pulp and Paper News
September 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Since water has become an increasingly important strategic issue in the pulp and paper industry, potentially affecting the ability of a large number of the world’s mills to operate at capacity, Fisher International conducted a study of the topic and has published its findings in a study titled, The 2012 Global PPI Water Benchmark Report. The report is intended to help environmental managers understand how water issues are affecting pulp and paper mills around the world as they benchmark their own positions and evaluate their policies.

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Forestry

New training program supports First Nations in forestry

Welcome to Williams Lake
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

First Nations students will receive specific training and be better skilled, thanks to a new two-year educational support program that will help ensure they have the opportunity to participate successfully in British Columbia’s forest sector. The BC government has committed $250,000 for the two-year First Nations Forestry Technician Training Program, being offered at numerous college and universities across the province, including College of New Caledonia and Vancouver Island University.

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Forestry, if done correctly, can rise to the top again

Terrace Standard
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry in the northwest has a long and rich history, and properly managed, it can have a bright and prosperous future. We are all aware that forestry has faced difficult times in the past several years. The wait-and-see approach by the current government has simply not worked. The job losses began to mount in the first years of this century and have continued. To make matters worse, the government significantly reduced the resources devoted to restoring the health of our forests.

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Workers want more done to boost forestry

by Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Many forestry workers in Nanaimo are dismayed with what they perceive as little action being taken by the government to improve the once mighty industry in B.C. Arnold Bercov is the president of the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada, Local 8, which represents workers at the Harmac pulp mill at Duke Point and Western Forest Products’ sawmill in Ladysmith. He said, despite years of protests and bringing the issue to the public’s attention, the export of raw logs from the province continues unabated, no new sawmills are being built in B.C. and “no direction” is being provided on how to fix the ailing industry.

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North Island MLA outlines NDP’s forestry plan

Campbell River Mirror
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An “evolving” three-point NDP plan to renew the forest sector will include raw log export restrictions, the re-instatement of a jobs commissioner and aggressive reforestation, North Island NDP MLA Claire Trevena says. Trevena made her remarks at a United Steelworkers (USW) sponsored town hall meeting in Campbell River at which the Liberal government’s “neglect” of forest sector issues was a recurring theme. The NDP has come under fire for not being specific enough about its policy agenda.

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Métis Woman Wins Forest Products Industry Award

Metis National Council
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

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 Metis Nation BC takes pride in acknowledging Baillie Redfern, a Métis citizen, as well as this initiative by the forest products industry,” says Bruce Dumont, President of Métis Nation British Columbia. “It is encouraging to see our youth grow up to become strong leaders, visionaries, and solid role models to many other young aspiring Métis. 

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Old ways just won’t work

Terrace Standard
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forests are the northwest’s greatest untapped natural resource, according to Rick Brouwer, forester and executive director at Skeena Nass Centre for Innovation in Resource Economics (SNCIRE). …“I’m quite bullish there is great opportunity here,” he said. “We just need to find the right suite of solutions, and that’s the challenge—there’s no one silver bullet.” The way the industry worked in the past isn’t going to work again. “One of the things we’ve come to realize [at SNCIRE] is that just because you did it before doesn’t mean you’re going to do it that way again,” he said.

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Ottawa tests a second insecticide for emerald ash borer

Ottawa Citizen
September 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — The city has a new weapon in its struggle to hold back the emerald ash borer invasion, but now it needs time to test it. And the tree-killing beetle is moving fast. …Mayor Jim Watson unveiled the newest weapon on the lawn of a Southmore Drive house Monday afternoon: An insecticide called Confidor approved this summer by Health Canada. Like the existing treatment, called TreeAzin, Confider has to be injected under the bark of an ash tree every two years. It’s carried up through the tree by the natural system that spread water and nutrients.

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Cumberland sawmill wins contract to handle infested ash trees

CBC News
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The city has enlisted a sawmill in Cumberland to try and salvage some of the wood from trees that were infested with the emerald ash borer. Ottawa has been looking for ways of disposing the thousands of trees it has had to cut down this year to stop the spread of the invasive beetle. On Monday it announced it has contracted Ottawa Cedar Lumber to re-use that wood instead of letting it sit at the landfill. The company’s owner, Luc Laplante, is a former paramedic who started the sawmill eight years ago and now employs six people at his farm on Dunning Road in Cumberland.

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‘We’re still here’:Local foresters discuss harvesting practices and forest management

Dryden Observer
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It can be difficult to dwell on the some of the more painful aspects of Dryden’s economic story over the past decade. In a town where forestry was King for a century, circumstances have forced a difficult re-examination of the community identity, a moving forward from the old ‘company town’ into a future that’s a little meaner and less certain. While the local pulp mill operations run on about one-quarter of the 1,200 people they employed in their heyday, the trees are still falling just as fast in the forest — there are only fewer people to hear their sound.

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Guest Commentary: Millions of acres are now more resilient to wildfire

By Tom Tidwell
Denver Post
September 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

As we continue to respond to this challenging year for wildfire, I want to clarify the U.S. Forest Service fire and restoration policy. Restoring the health of our nation’s forests has been, and will continue to be, a cornerstone of this agency’s overall practices. Despite some recent reports, our fire-management policy has not changed. It remains to restore and maintain resilient ecosystems, create fire-adapted communities, and respond to wildland fire while keeping communities safe.

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Forest Service plans Black Hills beetle control

KSFY
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The U.S. Forest Service is planning a project to control mountain pine beetles in a 50-square-mile area near Rapid City. The $484,000 project includes timber cutting, thinning and prescribed burns. An environmental impact statement on the project is available for public review. The report says the project would treat the vegetation to reduce the pine beetle threat and potential for large-scale wildfires.

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Vt. town creates community forest

Foster’s Daily Democrat
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CANAAN, Vt.— The Vermont town of Canaan has taken ownership of 424 acres to create a community forest. Vermont Public Radio reports town officials say the property will be used for a variety of economic, educational, recreational and conservation purposes. For example, it will generate income through sustainable timber harvests and provide an outdoor classroom for local schools.

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Texas drought killed 300 million trees last year

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

COLLEGE STATION, Texas– An updated ground and aerial survey indicates about 301 million trees have died in rural Texas because of the 2011 drought. The Texas A&M Forest Service said Tuesday that the figure comes from an examination of hundreds of forested plots statewide. The Texas agency last December announced a preliminary estimate of up to 500 million trees killed by the drought. The three-month extended review used ground inspections and before-and-after satellite images.

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14th World Forestry Congress Agreement signed

Lesprom Network
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Director-General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva and Pieter Willem Mulder, South African Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Water, signed a Cooperation Agreement allowing FAO and South Africa to begin preparations for the 14th World Forestry Congress to be held in September 2015 in Durban, as FAO said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. “By 2015 we expect that the Congress will present an opportunity for the global forestry community to raise awareness and analysis of key issues that will face the sector then.

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Bill ‘will cancel new planting’

Wanganui Chronicle
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Government’s latest move to water down the country’s Emissions Trading Scheme will hit forestry and New Zealand taxpayers hard, Kyoto Forestry Association spokesman Roger Dickie says. … The Government move, which he believed was led by the Act Party, made him label John Key’s National Government as “the most environmentally unfriendly government New Zealand has ever seen”. When the National-led Government came into power in 2007, it said it would encourage the planting of 600,000 to 800,000ha of hill country in new forest.

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Where to from here for forestry in Tasmania? (radio broadcast)

ABC News, Australia
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Once the backbone of Tasmania’s timber industry, The massive company Gunns has entered into voluntary administration. What does this mean for the future of forestry in the island state?

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Modernizing Russian forest sector has economic and environmental benefits

UN News Centre
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Russia’s forest sector needs to be modernized using technologies to maximize its potential as a global mitigator of climate change and an important source of timber, according to a new study presented today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Government. The Russian Forest Sector Outlook Study to 2030 states that lack of governance, outdated equipment and under-financing are among major factors that impede the development of the forest sector in Russia – which has more than a fifth of the world’s forests, but whose share of the global trade in forest products is less than four per cent.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pacific Carbon Trust economic analysis missing key data

PwC economic impact report estimates carbon offsets generated $317 million in investment
Business in Vancouver
September 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Industry committed to spending $317 million on projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in B.C., thanks to the publicly funded Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT), according to a new PwC economic impact report. But the analysis – commissioned by the PCT itself – was based on incomplete data, withheld by the PCT, according to the report’s authors. …. “It’s an exercise in damage control by the Pacific Carbon Trust, and it’s simply smoke and mirrors,” said independent MLA Bob Simpson (Cariboo North), one of the PCT’s harshest critics.

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Greenpeace targets forest carbon offsets in California’s cap-and-trade

Mongabay.com
September 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

California’s forest conservation-based carbon offsets in its climate change legislation may not lead to net reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and could exacerbate social conflict in places like southern Mexico, argues a report released Monday by Greenpeace. But the activist group faced sharp criticism from backers of California’s initiative. …“This
report makes clear that Greenpeace does not understand the GCF, much
less its ongoing work to assist states and provinces around the world in
their efforts to build robust jurisdiction-wide programs for low
emissions development,” Boyd told mongabay.com.

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Greenpeace report threatens climate change mitigation and tropical forests

This is Dr. Nepstad’s response to Greenpeace’s Outsourcing Hot Air report. Nepstad is a member of the California REDD Offsets Working Group
Mongabay.com
September 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

…Greenpeace’s puzzling report takes aim at both California’s REDD offset provision and the GCF—two beacons of hope in a world that is failing to put in place the robust policies that will be needed to avoid catastrophic human-caused climate change. The report’s logic is simple but flawed. It assumes that that there will be a one-for-one trade-off through the REDD offset measure, with, at best, a neutral impact on the atmosphere.

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General

Tasmania needs to pay its own way

The Australian Financial Review
September 25, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

The collapse of the Tasmanian forestry group Gunns on Tuesday is another indication of the growing economic troubles of our southernmost state, despite what amounts to substantial subsidies at the expense of resource rich states. There are many reasons Gunns directors called for the administrators. It faced declining demand and lower prices for wood products. The long running battle over the pulp mill in the Tamar Valley did not help. The company eventually gained the necessary approvals, but environmental objections made the project too controversial to attract financing.

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