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Business & Politics

Going green pays off for Catalyst Paper in Port Alberni

Alberni Valley News
September 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An environmentally sensitive paper making process makes for a greener and higher quality product, says Catalyst Alberni mill manager Tom Paisley. The energy sources the mill uses to operate and to make paper are all green. Firstly, the mill uses electricity from BC Hydro, which is generated from water and is nearly carbon neutral. Secondly, the mill uses wood chips, or hog fuel, to make steam and electricity. The chips are procured from wood by-product at local sawmills, and from trees not fit to be cut at mills.

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New US housing fires up BC lumber sector

Globe and Mail
September 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s softwood lumber industry is finally on the comeback trail, fuelled by a recovery in U.S. housing starts and steady demand from China. “The outlook for the softwood sector in general is quite positive over the next few years as we go through a growth cycle,” said David Elstone, a senior analyst with ERA Forest Products Research. He is predicting U.S. housing starts of 835,000 in 2013 and 950,000 in 2014, up from an industry forecast of 746,000 this year. “We’re rising out of a trough in U.S. housing starts,” said Mr. Elstone, who noted that Vancouver-based lumber producers such as Canfor Corp., West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. and Conifex Timber Inc. will be among the beneficiaries of the market’s rebound.

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Baron Brant Pledges Warhols to Revive Family Business

Bloomberg
September 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Peter Brant, a one-time billionaire and an early patron of artist Andy Warhol, is using part of his contemporary art collection to help recapitalize the family newsprint business, according to state regulatory filings and people familiar with the matter. Brant, chairman and chief executive officer of White Birch Paper Co. in Greenwich, Connecticut, pledged 56 works of art to the lending arm of Sotheby’s (BID), including pieces by Warhol, Richard Prince and Jean-Michel Basquiat, according to a New York state filing.

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Dexter stands by NewPage decisions

Cape Breton Post
September 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — Regardless of what his critics say, Premier Darrell Dexter says it would have been irresponsible to not do everything possible to ensure the former NewPage paper mill in Point Tupper had a chance to reopen. The NDP government has come under heavy fire from opposition parties, online comments and others for the extent of the financial commitment it has made to the mill, which shut down and went into creditor protection a year ago, throwing about 600 mill employees out of work.

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Port Hawkesbury mill up and running

CBC News
September 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Workers at the newly re-opened paper mill in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia are expecting to produce the first roll of paper before Monday. The former NewPage mill, now known as Port Hawkesbury Paper, was shut down about a year ago. …”We’ve got all our systems running,” said Marc Dube, an executive with Pacific West. “We’re making pulp in our thermo-mechanical pulping plant. We’ve got the wood room running and we’ve got truckloads of wood being delivered.”

Paper mill resumes operations from the Cape Breton Post

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Former NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill in Nova Scotia sold to Vancouver firm

Canadian Press
September 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX – The company buying the NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill says a sale has been finalized, almost a year after southern Cape Breton was stunned by news that its largest employer was closing. The $33-million sale of the mill to Pacific West Commercial Corp. officially closed Friday after document-signing sessions in Halifax and Toronto. The Vancouver company is now the new owner of the mill, which will be renamed Port Hawkesbury Paper.

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For government subsidies, what price is too high to save a job?

Globe and Mail
September 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Hewers of wood, drawers of water and givers of handouts. It’s the sad, but all too common, story of single-industry towns in Canada. Thanks to the largesse of the Nova Scotia government, an oft-bailed out paper mill in Port Hawkesbury is back in business this week, cranking out rolls of glossy magazine paper for the first time in more than a year. …“If we learned anything from the history of these deals is that you can’t turn a dying company into a sound company by giving it government money,” said Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, an Ottawa-based think tank.

Brighton: yet to be seen just where tax deal will figure in paper mill process from the Chronicle Herald

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Domtar’s VP, Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Mike Edwards receives ASPI 2012 Excellence in Leadership Award

ASPI
September 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

NORCROSS, GA, – The Association of Suppliers to the Paper Industry (ASPI) has named Mike Edwards, Domtar’s Senior Vice-President, Pulp and Paper Manufacturing, as its 2012 ASPI Excellence in Leadership recipient. Edwards was presented this award at ASPI’s Fall 2012 Customer Alignment Meeting with Domtar earlier this month in Charlotte, North Carolina. ASPI’s Excellence in Leadership Award honors leaders in the pulp and paper industry that have demonstrated exceptional and inspiring leadership.

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Hardwoods Notified of US Trade Investigation Against Chinese Import Plywood

Canada Newswire
September 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Hardwoods Distribution Inc. today announced that on September 27, 2012 an unfair trade petition was filed in the United States with respect to imported hardwood plywood from China.
The action was filed by the Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood, an association of U.S. manufacturers of hardwood and decorative plywood. The petition… alleges that imports of Chinese manufactured hardwood plywood are sold in the United States at prices below cost, and are subsidized by the Government of China.

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Wood veneer firm in Iowa lays off more than half its workers because of slow sales

KWWL.com
September 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

GRUNDY CENTER (KWWL) – The R. S. Bacon Veneer Company in Grundy Center has laid off more than half its employees. The layoffs happened on Friday in the production department. “We need more customers in, more shipments and then we will be able to produce again,” said General Manager Paul Hamann. Hamann said the mill has adequate inventory for the projects they have.

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Rayonier growing to meet global demand

Savannah Morning News
September 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Tucked along the banks of the Altamaha River in Jesup, the sprawling campus that is Rayonier looks for all the world like a large paper mill. It’s even occasionally referred to as “the Jesup paper mill.” But the global forest products company that traces its roots back more than 85 years to the Rainier Pulp and Paper Co. in Shelton, Wash., doesn’t produce a single roll of paper. Instead, Rayonier — its name a nod both to the manmade fiber it helped develop and its beginnings in the shadow of Mount Rainier — is a leading producer of performance fibers used in everything from pancake syrup, muffin mix and time-release capsules to flat-screen TVs, Fram oil filters and Michelin high-speed tires.

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John Gay supports Bell Bay pulp mill project

Australian Financial Review
September 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The former executive chairman of failed timber group Gunns, John Gay, has said Tasmania needs the pulp mill and supports any investor in the project at Bell Bay, including a Chinese investor. “Anyone that can come in and wants to build the pulp mill is a good thing,” he said yesterday. Mr Gay fought for years to get the controversial $2.3 billion project built. He was ousted by shareholders in 2010 after a collapse in earnings and the share price.

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Pulp mill licence has less baggage without Gunns: Korda (& video)

ABC News, Australia
September 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Well after being in an ASX trading halt for six months, the directors finally lost confidence that the business could be resurrected and they called in administrators, and that was trumped quickly by the banks putting in a receiver. The receiver is Mark Korda from KordaMentha. I interviewed him on Thursday. Mark Korda, you’ve got three assets, the saw mill in South Australia, the forestry estate in Tassie and the pulp mill. But the key issue is that what’s the value of the pulp mill licence if it’s gonna be hard to build because of all the opposition from the Greens? I mean, Gunns couldn’t get it up.

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Last- minute doubt on south-east timber sale

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

The forestry workers’ union says the sale of a south-east timber operation in South Australia might not proceed as planned. A sale of Gunns’ Kalangadoo plant was due to be completed by Friday. But Forestry Union representative Brad Coates said owner Gunns going into voluntary administration due to debt could delay the sale.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Elkford Community Centre receives Wood WORKS! Award

The Free Press
September 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Elkford Community Conference Centre was presented with a Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition Award at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Victoria on Tuesday. Elkford’s Community Conference Centre opened its doors this June and has been widely recognised for being the first commercial application of Cross Laminated Timbers (CLT) wall panels in North America. The $6.4 million energy efficient building is constructed of structural wood, which conserves as much energy as possible to reduce the Centre’s environmental footprint.

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Old wood commands premium prices

Demand for reclaimed materials up as buyers seek out beams with character
Vancouver Sun
September 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

There’s a lot of spilled beer and good memories on the back of a flat-deck truck at Western Reclaimed Timber’s property beside the Fraser River in Maple Ridge.Stacked on the truck is about 2,000 board feet of laminated structural beams — known as “glulams,” — removed during construction work at the Fraser Arms Hotel on South West Marine Drive in Vancouver. The wood may be old — made from ancient Douglas felled around the 1950s — but in today’s wood-construction market, old has never seemed newer. “The old look is in,” MacDonald confirms. “It’s highly sought after.”

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Pulp Function: Ford And Weyerhaeuser Collaborate To Develop Automotive Applications Using Natural Fiber Materials

The Street
September 27, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Cellulose joins the growing list of sustainable materials originating from unlikely sources that could soon be used in Ford vehicle components and help further reduce the automaker’s reliance on traditional content such as fiberglass and petroleum. The Ford biomaterials research team has been working with forest products leader Weyerhaeuser to investigate the use of a plastic composite material utilizing cellulose fibers from trees in place of fiberglass or mineral reinforcements. 

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SBJ Report: Concrete homes on the rise in the Ozarks

KSPR
September 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

HIGHLANDVILLE, Mo –It’s not news the big bad wolf would appreciate: contractors are building more homes out of concrete in the Ozarks… A big reason why of course is to protect residents from severe weather, but experts say concrete contributes to noise reduction, low maintenance and termite resistance… Building your home out of concrete could cost you – it’ll cost you about ten percent more to build your home with concrete than wood frames.

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Wood First Plus! to be hub for environmental timber

Builders Merchant News
September 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

UK: Wood for Good, the timber industry sustainability and promotion campaign, has announced the start of a collaborative research and development project: Wood First Plus! The aim of the project is to create a central point of information containing all of the data necessary to promote timber and timber products as a ‘primary and preferred construction material’ along with a programme to communicate this key data to key audiences. This process should also help improve on current industry sector performance.

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Forestry

Forestry wants lower taxes

Hinton Parklander
September 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry can’t handle higher property taxes, says the president of the Alberta Forest Products Association. Brady D. Whittaker, president and CEO of the AFPA, wrote a letter to Hinton’s Mayor Ian Duncan and other mayors in the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association stating his concern that the forestry industry cannot sustain an increase in taxes. The letter comes before the AUMA convention in Edmonton Sept. 26–28. Mayor Ian Duncan said nothing has been decided yet and he’s sure that any taxation assessment will be fair. Whittaker’s letter was prompted by a policy paper titled Changes to Property Assessment and Taxation, to be discussed at the AUMA convention.

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Whatever happened to Haida Gwaii’s revered Golden Spruce?

The famous tree was cut down 15 years ago but it lives on today in widely scattered cuttings
Vancouver Sun
September 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In the northeast corner of the University of B.C. Botanical Garden, among the native species, a tree with a golden glow stands out from the rest. …The true golden spruce — or rather, a scion grown from a cutting taken in the 1960s when the original was still alive — is much harder to spot. Under the shade of shore pine, hemlock and Japanese maple trees, and marked only by a simple card reading “Picea Sitchensis — gold needle selection, Port Clements, B.C.,” the 40-year-old tree stands no more than three metres high.

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Users unhappy with stench from VIU woodlot forest

Harmac worker, fellow mountain bikers call area ‘Poomont’
Nanaimo Daily News
September 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Users say the stench is getting worse at Vancouver Island University’s woodlot forest near Doumont Road. “We all call it ‘Poomont’ it smells so bad,” said Jeffrey Dickinson, a Harmac employee who mountain bikes on the nearby trails. “For mountain bikers this could be a beautiful trail but if you ride after a summer rain it’s like being stuck in an outhouse at a summer concert.” The offending odours are said to come from from VIU’s Biosolids Fertilization program, which sprays trees with biosolids (treated human excrement) in partnership with the Regional District of Nanaimo.

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Park Board pushes for plan to protect city’s urban forest

Plan will be a part of the city’s goal to plant 150,000 trees by 2020
News1130
September 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver could have more fruit bearing trees in its future. The Vancouver Park Board is pushing for a strategy to help keep urban forests healthy. “The plan on native trees is taking care of trees that are landmarked trees, so trees that have reached a certain age and level should be protected,” explains Park Board Commissioner Niki Sharma. “We really need a comprehensive plan that helps us figure out how to manage that increase, where we can put food bearing trees in there to help support local food security.”

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Injured Logger Rescued from Rough Terrain

KAJO
September 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters and logging crew members braved 500 feet of steep, uneven terrain late yesterday morning while rescuing 50-year-old Rob McKenzie after he had been injured by a rolling log near the bottom of an embankment. McKenzie was a member of the crew felling trees in the Pilot Joe reforestation project and was struck by a log about two feet in diameter causing significant back and hip injuries at about 9:45 a.m.

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Industry protest over timber project withdrawn

Mail Tribune
September 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Portland-based timber industry group on Friday withdrew its administrative protest of a restoration forest management project that includes a 6.75-million-board-foot timber sale on public lands near Butte Falls. The American Forest Resource Council also asked environmental groups to follow suit with other timber sales on U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service lands, noting the appeals and litigation are costing Oregonians jobs. “We made our point,” council President Tom Partin said in a prepared statement. “We are confident that the BLM is now aware of AFRC’s concerns.

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Logging owners indicted on fraud, immigration violations

Rapid City Journal
September 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Nine owners and managers for four Black Hills logging companies and a general store have been indicted by a federal grand jury for immigration violations and fraud in connection with U.S. Forest Service contracts. A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday afternoon states that since January 2008, the owners of the logging companies — Munoz Logging and Construction Co., Black Hills Thinning Co., Escalante Logging Co. and SM Logging Co. — devised a scheme to defraud the U.S. Forest Service by underpaying undocumented workers to outbid their competition by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Forest certification should be competitive

BlueRidgeNow.com
September 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

You probably cannot find a group more dedicated to sustaining our forests than those who make their living in North Carolina’s wood products industry. With almost 19 million acres of timberland and about two-thirds of that land in the hands of family forest owners, North Carolina has a substantial interest in making sure that this natural resource is preserved for future generations. …Unfortunately, many regulations for certification work against this ideal balance. In many areas throughout the country, one certification program is favored by government agencies over all others.

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Forest industry solidarity in Duluth

Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

About 70 loggers drove their semi trucks through downtown Duluth to protest weight restrictions on Interstate 35 that they say hurt their bottom line with no benefit to the public. Makes them have to drive further to get to the NewPage mill, or a lumber loading area in Superior, Wis. U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack, a Republican, rode shotgun in one of the rigs and addressed a rally afterward, MPR reported. …The dispute over weight restrictions is not a new one. Federal law has limited the weight of a semi on interstates to 80,000 pounds since 1982. Some of these double-trailer timber haulers are 90,000 pounds.

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Sylva CEO addresses world forestry leaders at COFO 2012

Sylva Foundation
September 30, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Last week the 21st session of the UN’s Committee on Forestry (COFO) met in Rome. One of the outcomes of Rio+20 discussions was agreement that forests have a significant role to play in addressing many sustainable development challenges. The 21st session of COFO focussed on translating the results of Rio+20 into actions, with the subtitle Forests: a green pathway for human development.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New forest mooted for British Columbia

BioEnergy News
September 28, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Crimson Bioenergy has signed an agreement with the Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT) for the afforestation of non-productive farmland in order to develop a permanent mixed-wood forest. PCT has agreed to buy up to 56,000 of the greenhouse gas offsets expected to result from the project over a 10-year period starting in 2013. PCT will also have a right of first refusal to purchase any amounts over and above the 56,000 offsets that may accrue from the project.

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Climate change could cripple southwestern forests

Eureka! Science News
September 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Combine the tree-ring growth record with historical information, climate records, and computer-model projections of future climate trends, and you get a grim picture for the future of trees in the southwestern United States. That’s the word from a team of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arizona, and other partner organizations. If the Southwest is warmer and drier in the near future, widespread tree death is likely and would cause substantial changes in the distribution of forests and of species, the researchers report this week in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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Worried forest owners urge Key to act

Scoop Independent News
September 30, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

New Zealand — The heads of eight major forestry companies have asked the Prime Minister to intervene directly over the flow of cheap foreign carbon credits into New Zealand, Carbon News reports. In an open letter to John Key, the eight chief executives and owners – who between them control 70 per cent of post-1989 forests – implore the Prime Minister “go back to the drawing board and align the Emissions Trading Scheme with those of New Zealand’s trading partners”. 

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General

Fortress Paper CEO creates new value from Canada’s old pulp mills

by Gordon Hamilton – North Vancouver-based firm has bought two closed pulp mills for pennies on the dollar and is rebuilding them to make synthetic fibres.
Vancouver Sun
September 28, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

VANCOUVER – Fortress Paper founder and chief executive officer Chad Wasilenkoff characterizes himself as an aggressive and contrarian investor. But even for a contrarian, it takes a huge leap to see a potentially profitable connection between a rundown and shuttered pulp mill in Quebec and the world’s demand for cotton. …Wasilenkoff said his business strategy is based on the price of food. As food prices climb, farmers can be expected to switch from cotton to food crops. Less cotton means higher prices.

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Ministry encourages compromise in Pritchard logging 7/20

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September 30, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

The province will encourage a forest company with rights to log in watersheds above Pritchard to work out differences with residents of the rural community. The board of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District asked the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations on Thursday to place a stop-work order on logging in the Martin Creek and Laveau Creek watersheds. Residents in Pritchard who depend on shallow wells are concerned about quality and quantity of water available if logging occurs in a 64-hectare area in the creek’s headwaters.

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