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Daily Archives: September 27, 2012

Business & Politics

Local sawmill making the cut

Terrace Standard
September 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Terrace sawmill has started producing lumber for the first time since 2007. Skeena Sawmills, which was purchased by the B.C. company Roc Holdings Ltd. in July 2011 and has spent about $6 million in BC to date including upgrades and operations, is currently testing equipment in preparation for full-capacity operations which will ramp up in the coming years. The test stage is just one of many steps that have taken place since the mill and logging rights were purchased from West Fraser last year.

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Meadow Creek Cedar hearing rescheduled

Nelson Star
September 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A local forest company’s appeal of its license suspension and $55,000 in fines is now scheduled to be heard early in the new year. The Forest Appeals Commission, which rules on forestry-related government decisions, yesterday set hearing dates of January 21 to 25 in Nelson for Meadow Creek Cedar. The hearing was originally supposed to go ahead last week, but the company didn’t provide requested documents to flesh out its case. The government successfully argued that information was critical to prepare for the hearing, so the commission ordered the company to clearly set out its objections to each of the district manager’s decisions.

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Longtime forestry advocate retires

Terrace Standard
September 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

AFTER NEARLY 40 years advocating for the forest associations in the province, Bill Sauer is retiring from his position with the Northwest Loggers Association. But he will continue his position on the BC Forest Safety Council Board as a provincial liaison between the other three forest associations in the province. Sauer was hired by the Northwest Loggers Association for a one-year term in 1992 and has been there ever since as manager.

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Information flowing between mill and government

Western Star
September 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER BROOK — Finance Minister Tom Marshall says the provincial government has received some reports from Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, but is awaiting more information before moving ahead with its plan to help the mill. Government has committed to supporting the mill in some fashion as the company tries to stay operating in the declining newsprint industry. The exact nature of that assistance has not been specified, but the province has said it would do what it could as long as the company could reach new labour agreements with its unionized employees and the company could show government a long-term viability plan.

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Improved US housing good news for lumber industry, report

Could cause rebound for wood products manufacturers in N.B.
CBC News
September 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new report shows some of New Brunswick’s wood products manufacturers could soon experience a rebound, due to an improving housing market south of the border. A report released by Scotiabank points out an increased demand for wood products in the U.S. According to the report the rebound is due in part to an improving U.S. housing market and west coast lumber being exported to Asian markets. … David Palmer, the manager of the York Sunbury Charlotte Forest Products Marketing Board, said there is already preparations at one of the company’s mills.

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Court approves sale of NewPage mill to Pacific West

Canadian Press
September 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — After a year of legal wrangling, the $33-million sale of the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill to Vancouver-based Pacific West Commercial Corp. was officially sanctioned Thursday by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. “We’re hopeful that everything is in place,” George Kinsman, a spokesman for court-appointed monitor Ernst & Young, said outside the Halifax courtroom. “We are ready to go.” However, the sale wasn’t expected to close until late Friday when the province, company officials and a battery of lawyers sign the closing documents in Halifax and Toronto.

NewPage sale close to being finalized from the Chronicle Herald

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NewPage seeks extension order

Chronicle Herald
September 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lawyers for NewPage Port Hawkesbury will be in a Halifax court this morning seeking the eighth and likely final stay extension order for the Cape Breton paper mill. The order would give owners of the beleaguered mill until Oct. 5 to complete the sale of the mill to Pacific West Commercial Corp. and compensate creditors. In a sixth affidavit submitted to Nova Scotia Supreme Court earlier this week, chief restructuring officer Peter Wedlake provided background to support the motion for a further extension of the stay period.

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Point Tupper mill looks to start production this weekend

Chronicle Herald
September 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

For the first time in more than a year, paper could be on the reel at the Point Tupper mill on Monday or Tuesday, says a spokesman for the mill’s prospective buyer. Marc Dube, restructuring manager for Pacifc West Commercial Corp., said Wednesday the recall of workers continues this week, and there should be 250 people on site by the weekend. “We’re starting our five-shift schedule on Sunday, and we’re going to be making pulp on Saturday night,” Dube said. “And we’ll have paper on the Monday or Tuesday.”

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NSP argues for discount rate for mill

Chronicle Herald
September 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Pacific West Commercial Corp. should get the discount electricity rate it needs to reopen the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill, Nova Scotia Power said. The utility told the Utility and Review Board on Wednesday that the tariff request filed by the mill’s would-be owner last weekend is “substantially the same” as one recently approved by the board, minus a tax arrangement that didn’t fly with Ottawa.

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Mill executives say Maine paper industry viable, but there are challenges

Bangor Daily News
September 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BANGOR, Maine — Executives from three of Maine’s paper mills told 50 businesspeople that reports of the demise of Maine’s pulp and paper industry have been greatly exaggerated. “Maine is 92 percent forested,” said Keith Van Scotter, president and CEO of Lincoln Paper and Tissue. “If paper and pulp is going to be made anywhere, it’ll be made in this state, so it’s not a dying industry. It’s a viable industry.” Van Scotter; …Van Scotter added that pulp and paper is being used to make rayon clothing in the Far East, opening up a whole new market.

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U.S. congressman voices concern about paper mill subsidy

CBC News
September 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A Maine congressman is questioning whether Nova Scotia violated any trade agreements when it promised financial aid to help reopen the Point Tupper paper mill. …Mike Michaud sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk asking him to examine the details of the deal in case it’s inconsistent with the North American Free Trade Agreement or Canada’s World Trade Organization commitments. “I want to get all the facts on this deal and make sure Canada is living up to its commitments under current trade laws.

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Gunns receivers may sell rights to Bell pulp mill

Stock and Land
September 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

RECEIVERS will attempt to sell the right to build the controversial Bell Bay pulp mill as part of a carve-up of the $2 billion project’s failed owner, Gunns. But receiver Mark Korda said hopes for a sale rested on an assessment of the mill’s viability, to be conducted next month. ”Our preliminary view is that all of the permits and requirements to continue the pulp mill can be transferred or sold with little impediment,” he said. ”What we’ve got to do is a review in October to lay out what the strategic alternatives are.”

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Gunns’ workers to get payouts

ABC News, Australia
September 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Workers at Gunns’ Launceston timber yard are celebrating the news they will receive their entitlements. The mill employees are being made redundant tomorrow. The closure decision was made before Gunns went into administration on Tuesday. Yesterday, about 50 workers marched from Gunns’ headquarters to the ANZ bank which is the company’s biggest lender. They met Gunns’ receivers Korda Mentha this morning. They were told all salaries and leave entitlements will be paid.

Angry Gunns workers march on ANZ from NineMSN.com.au

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Anti-Gunns pulp mill groups: uncertainty may soon be over

Green Left
September 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In expressing their sincere regret about the job losses that must inevitably result from the closure of Tasmanian logging company Gunns Limited, community groups Friends of the Tamar Valley and Pulp the Mill said Tasmanians can breathe more easily now the spectre of the world’s fourth largest pulp mill has receded further into the background. Community opposition to Gunns’ controversial pulp mill project has been ongoing since the project was first proposed by Gunns in 2004; a proposal that has been fully supported, both by successive Labor state governments, and the Liberal opposition.

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Gunns demise creates uncertain times

ABC News, Australia
September 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Regional areas of South Australia part from the south-east are also being affected by timber company Gunns having gone into voluntary administration. Gunns is a major customer of Morgan Sawmill at Jamestown in the mid-north. Part-owner Luke Morgan said the Gunns insolvency would hurt his finances. “It’s average, it’s not as good as it has been,” he said.

Contractors affected by Gunns’ collapse from ABC News, Australia

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Potential buyer for Gunns’ trees

ABC News, Australia
September 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A potential buyer has emerged for timber plantations owned by the insolvent Tasmanian company Gunns. Gunns is believed to own or manage more than 100,000 hectares of timber plantations around Australia. …. David Brand from the Sydney-based New Forests investment fund says his clients are interested in Gunns’ plantations, but the potential price is unclear. “Anywhere from a couple of thousand dollars a hectare to $7,000-$8,000 a hectare,” he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

New European laws on timber will come into force across the EU on 3 March 2013.

The Construction Index
September 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The EU Timber Regulation prohibits the “placing on the market of illegally harvested timber or timber products derived from such timber”. It sets out the obligations that those who buy and sell timber and timber products on the EU market will be required to have in place in order to comply with the regulation. The laws cover a broad range of timber and timber products including solid wood products, flooring, plywood, sheets for veneering, pulp, and paper.

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2012 Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition Award winners

from Wood WORKS! BC
Canada Newswire press release
September 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

VANCOUVER, – Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition Awards were presented to local government representatives today at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Victoria. The awards are presented annually to communities that have been exemplary advocates for wood. This may be demonstrated through the specification of wood in a community project and/or through visionary initiatives that work toward building a community culture of wood.

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Forestry

Minister Oliver Announces State of Canada’s Forests Report 2012

Highlights success and future potential of Canadian forest industry exports
Marketwire
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today made the following statement after the tabling of the 2012 State of Canada’s Forests Report in the House of Commons by Parliamentary Secretary David Anderson. This report highlights the tangible results accomplished by the Government of Canada’s support for the forest sector, helping increase energy efficiency, innovation and exports abroad…. “The fact that Canada’s forest product exports have almost regained the peak value recorded in 2008 is a tribute to the creativity of the 234,000 Canadians who work in our forest industries.

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Bird population declines in Alberta’s boreal forest

Edmonton Journal
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – More than 20 per cent of Alberta’s boreal forest has been directly altered by human activities, leading to a corresponding decrease in terrestrial bird populations, a report released Wednesday reveals. …The report shows that as of 2010, 21 per cent of the boreal forest had been affected by a variety of activities, including agriculture, forestry and energy production, resulting in bird populations 80 per cent of what would be expected if there was no development.

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Property leased for new Merritt firefighting facility

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

MERRITT – The B.C. government has leased a 2.176-hectare plot of land from the City of Merritt to construct an expanded Merritt Fire Zone office and training centre for the Wildfire Management Branch. The new building will be located at 4476 Airport Rd., just south of the Merritt Airport’s runway. This facility will improve the ministry’s firefighting and monitoring capabilities in the Merritt area, one of the largest fire suppression zones in the province. So far this year in the Merritt Fire Zone, the Wildfire Management Branch has responded to 107 fires that covered 653 hectares.

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Amabilis forestry operation near Williams Lake passes audit

BC Forest Practices Board
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of Amabilis Contracting Limited’s forest operations around Williams Lake found they met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, according to a report released today. “The majority of harvesting by Amabilis was of lodgepole pine stands containing beetle-infested wood, and was well-managed,” said board chair Al Gorley. “Amabilis was not in compliance with the requirement for a road-tracking system, but has since put one in place. However, this was not a significant concern because of the low-risk terrain in which they operate.”

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Don’t be fooled

Letter by Ronda Murdock
Parksville Qualicum News
September 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

So now Ron Cantelon thinks raw log exports are bad for B.C.? (The News, Sept. 7). Give me a break!! MLA Ron Cantelon is a member of the government who promotes this raw log export travesty. Where was Ron Cantelon when people from the forest, fishing and tourism industries, along with the general public gathered on the summit between Port Alberni and Parksville/Qualicum in 2006 to count logging truck after logging truck loaded with logs for export, standing side by side expressing objections to the BC Liberal government’s policy on escalating B.C. raw log exports?

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Wildfire history preserved through lookout restorations

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – In recognition of the BC Forest Service’s centennial birthday, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, is honouring B.C.’s wildfire fighting history and increasing local recreation opportunities by restoring forest fire lookouts near five communities around the province. This year, forest fire lookouts are being restored near Terrace, Houston, Enderby, Kaslo and Boston Bar. Ministry staff reviewed all restoration opportunities and strategically chose the five projects based on location, accessibility, community use and historical significance.

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Minister tells Bragg Creek residents logging needed to prevent wildfire

Calgary Herald
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BRAGG CREEK — Tensions flared Tuesday when a high-ranking government official met with Bragg Creek residents to discuss logging proposals in the popular recreation area. Diana McQueen, minister of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, said the session was intended to get residents’ input on a strategy to minimize the risk of a wildfire while still maintaining recreational trails in the area. …McQueen insisted fire-smarting is needed in the area, often citing Slave Lake as an example of the devastation that a wildfire can produce. “I want to make sure that as Minister… that we don’t repeat that, with whatever tools we have.”

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Board to audit BC Timber Sales in Fort St. James

BC Forest Practices Board
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The board will audit the forest practices of BC Timber Sales in the Fort St. James District, starting Monday, Oct. 1. The audit will examine operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, fire preparedness and fire hazard abatement activities carried out by BC Timber Sales and timber sale licence holders for compliance with forest practices legislation.

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From the bush to the mill

Your Ottawa Region
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

From the bush to the mill – how forest certification works. That was the theme of the 2012 Renfrew County Outdoor Woodlot Conference Saturday at Craig Appleyard’s property on Ferguslea Road. During his morning address, Scott Davis of the Eastern Ontario Model Forest spoke about FCS certification and chain of custody. The FSC international logo can be found on most paper products, from envelopes to cardboard boxes.

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Why are Conservation Groups Advocating Logging Public Forests?

CounterPunch
September 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

It seems more and more there are fewer conservation organizations who speak for the forest, and more that speak for the timber industry. Witness several recent commentaries in Oregon papers that are by no means unique. I’ve seen similar themes from other conservation groups across the West in recent years. Many conservation groups have uncritically adopted views that support more logging of our public lands based upon increasingly disputed ideas about forest health and fire ecology, as well as the age-old bias against natural processes like wildfire and beetles.

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Seeing Forests for the (Burnt) Trees: Wildfire and Watersheds

Outdoors
September 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Quick, name the three national parks closest to your home. Not so hard, right? Now name the three closest national forests. I was only able to name a couple of the 15 in my home state of California before having to look at a map. I’m not alone, says Bill Possiel, president of the National Forest Foundation. “We think of national parks as these iconic landscapes. You could do a survey and find that a majority of Americans know the National Park System and many have visited national parks, but that is not the case with the National Forest System. But we’re trying to change that.”

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Steep terrain hampers wildfire fight, smoke fills Hood River

Katu.com
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

NEAR HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Helicopters dumped water and an air tanker dropped retardant all day Wednesday on a stubborn wildfire near Interstate 84 that affected freeway traffic and clogging the air in Hood River with smoke. The wildfire, named the Milepost 66 fire, is burning in steep terrain in the Columbia River Gorge and closed one eastbound lane of the freeway from milepost 65 to milepost 68, about a mile from Hood River, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The lane remained closed throughout Wednesday so crews could park vehicles and set up gear.

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A Day in the Life of a Firefighter: Table Mountain Fire

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

At fire camp, life starts at 6 a.m. Crews roll out of their tents into the cool morning glow of spotlights; it’s time for morning briefing. In an alfalfa field near Cle Elum, Washington, crews are informed of the overall fire strategy including where firelines are being constructed, what obstacles they may experience, if there will be air operations, and what structures may be threatened. During the briefing, each team is assigned to a specific area in the fire and receives a briefing map.

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Burning a Forest to Save It

The New York Times
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Controlled burning of grasslands and forests has been used for thousands of years to stimulate plant germination, replenish the ground with valuable nutrients, thin out trees and burn dry pine needles and tree limbs on the ground. When humans were not intentionally setting fires, lightning strikes completed the job. …In New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest and Jemez Mountains, Jeremy Bailey of the Nature Conservancy is spending this week as he did last week: showing a dozen bilingual forest experts from Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica and Spain and another dozen domestic firefighters how to set the woods on fire to save them.

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A retrospective: Montana’s forest products industry

Flathead Publishing Group
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

At the end of the month, the Montana Wood Products Association will hold their annual convention and celebration of 40 years representing the forest products industry in Montana. What has changed or maybe not changed in the past 40 years? In the early 1970s, we were just finishing the harvest of massive spruce stands that had been killed by the spruce bark beetle. We were also beginning to harvest lodgepole pine stands that had been killed by the mountain pine beetle. Back then, the industry was comprised of sawmills, stud mills, plywood plants and a pulp mill.

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Discovered beetle attacks trees in the area

Purdue Exponent
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

An evasive beetle could be the cause of death for many untreated ash trees in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area within the next four to five years. According to Purdue entomologist Cliff Sadof, the destructive emerald ash borer has been discovered in West Lafayette, which suggests most ash trees in the area have been infested. Last week, the beetle was detected in a nearly dead ash tree bordering Sagamore Parkway.

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Logging truckers to caravan through Duluth to protest weight restrictions

Associated Press
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

DULUTH, Minn. — Dozens of logging truckers from across northern Minnesota plan to converge on Duluth to protest federal weight restrictions. More than 50 members of Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers are expected to caravan through the city Thursday morning and rally near the Port Authority. They’re demonstrating against federal regulations that limit trucks to 80,000 pounds on the interstate system in Minnesota. That means drivers have to take slower, longer routes to deliver wood to the NewPage mill in Duluth and a log loading area in Superior, Wis.

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Fenland Black Oak: 5000-year-old tree found in Norfolk

BBC News
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The trunk of a giant oak-tree, thought by experts to be more than 5000 years old, has been unearthed from a field in Norfolk. The 44ft (13.4m) Fenland Black Oak, or bog oak, was found buried in farmland at Methwold Hythe, near Downham Market. Planks cut from the trunk will be dried over seven months in a specialist kiln. A spokesman said the tree will make “a breathtaking table for public display giving an insight into the grandeur of these ancient giant forests.” Bog oak is generally found buried in farmland.

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Publication of 2012 forestry statistics

UK Forestry Commission
September 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The latest National Statistics on forestry produced by the Forestry Commission were released today, 27 September 2012, in accordance with the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. Detailed statistics are published in the web publication ‘Forestry Statistics 2012’, and an extract of these is published in ‘Forestry Facts & Figures 2012’. They include UK statistics on woodland area, woodland planting, timber, trade, climate change, environment, recreation, employment, finance and prices as well as some statistics on international forestry.

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Timber workers give petition to MP

ABC Online
September 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry workers have rallied outside the office of independent Mount Gambier MP, Don Pegler. They claim he is failing to do enough to protect the local timber industry and want him to advocate for fairer log prices. The CFMEU said reducing local log prices would help protect up to 1,000 timber jobs at local employer Carter Holt Harvey. The protest group gave a petition to Mr Pegler. Union official Travis Lawson said Mr Pegler spoke with the timber workers to assure them he supported their cause.

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Shakier ground for forest peace talks

ABC News, Australia
September 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A third forest industry player has walked away from the forest peace talks over the State Government’s plan to overhaul Forestry Tasmania. Timber Communities Australia says the talks should not continue until the Government declares who will take control of production forests. Chief executive Jim Adams says he can not return to the talks until the issue is resolved. “We don’t want to see a circumstance where the resource base is susceptible to the political cycle, basically, to the electoral cycle,” he said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forestry industry slams climate bill

MSN NZ News
September 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forestry groups are calling for a cap on international carbon units in new government climate change legislation, saying the bill threatens the credibility of the emissions trading scheme (ETS). …However, there is no ban or limit in the legislation on international carbon units – and that has the forestry sector concerned. …They are calling on the bill to be aligned with international best practice, with the inclusion of a 50 per cent cap on the use of any international carbon units.

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