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Daily Archives: October 2, 2012

Business & Politics

Fortress Paper announces electricity supply agreement with Hydro Québec

Pulp and Paper News
October 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Fortress Paper announced recently that it has signed, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fortress Global Cellulose Ltd., an electricity supply agreement with Hydro Québec for the sale of green electricity to be produced at the Fortress Global Cellulose Mill’s cogeneration facility upon its re-start. The agreement was entered into in connection with Hydro-Québec Distribution’s Power Purchase Program for electricity derived from forest biomass, which was launched on December 20, 2011.

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Now timber rocks

Globe and Mail
October 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Now that investors have gone all-in on a bet that the U.S. housing market is recovering, it only makes sense that industries associated with home building are also showing big improvement. …These improvements, though still tentative, have driven home-building stocks up dramatically, making the S&P 500 homebuilding index the top-performing industry group within the benchmark index this year. PulteGroup Inc. has risen 356 per cent over the past 12 months. …But home builders aren’t the only ones benefiting from this optimistic
shift in thinking – and lumber producers are among the housing-tied
industries that have been catching a bullish breeze.

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Pulp mill workers asked to reject company offer

October 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

About 350 unionized workers at Kamloops’s Domtar pulp mill were urged Monday to vote in favour of a strike and against a company offer. Murray Matheson, president of Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Local 10b, said the union urged members to vote against the package offered by Domtar Corp. “We’re voting to reject the company’s offer and having a strike vote,” Matheson said.

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Pulp mill workers asked to reject company offer

October 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

About 350 unionized workers at Kamloops’s Domtar pulp mill were urged Monday to vote in favour of a strike and against a company offer. Murray Matheson, president of Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Local 10b, said the union urged members to vote against the package offered by Domtar Corp. “We’re voting to reject the company’s offer and having a strike vote,” Matheson said.

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Ligni Bel lumber mill restart expected this month

Pictou County facility shut down almost a year ago
Chronicle Herald
October 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A late October restart of the former Ligni Bel Ltd. lumber mill in Pictou County by an affiliate of Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. will reboot the local economy, a union official said Monday. “It’s been almost a year since the mill shut down and there has been a lot of anxiety about if and when we’d return to work,” John MacPherson, a 10-year veteran of the Scotsburn operation, said in an interview. MacPherson is unit president for workers at the mill who are represented by United Steelworkers. It was not clear Monday exactly how many of these workers were expected to return.

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Small fire at Irving pulp and paper mill

News 88.9
October 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

SAINT JOHN – Fire crews responded to a reported structure fire at the Irving Pulp and Paper Mill this afternoon. When firefighters arrived at the Mill Road facility, the fire was found behind one of the machines in the mill. City firefighters assisted the mill’s fire brigade, which had the fire under control. The room where the fire was located received minor damage. No one was injured. END

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Global Timber Specialist Offers International Market Perspective

Pallet Enterprise
October 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

One of the lessons of the last twenty years is that the forest products industry is no longer just a local market. …The Pallet Enterprise recently sat down with a noted expert on the global lumber industry to hear his take on the Asian market as well as the importance of sustainability certification programs and the Euro zone economic crisis. Bob Flynn, the director of international timber for RISI, gave his insights on these key issues and more.

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Public, private effort saves sawmill

La Grande Observer
October 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The last sawmill standing in Grant County will stand a while longer, thanks to a combined private and public effort to save it. People throughout Eastern Oregon should take note. In the fight to preserve a decent standard of living in rural communities, teamwork and determination can win out. …As noted in a recent Wescom News Service story, private landowners stepped up the plate shortly after the closure announcement. They pledged to sell Malheur Lumber a million board feet of timber, enough to keep the mill going at least six weeks past the expected closure date.

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Stoppage of Arauco mill affecting US imports

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
October 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Softwood plywood imports into the US have plunged in the course of recent months due to the stoppage of Paneles Arauco’s radiata pine plywood mill in Nueva Aldea after a fire. The Foreign Agriculture Service announced that softwood plywood shipments from Chile had tumbled 44% to 93,974 m³ in the first six months of 2012 m³; the value of these imports did not fall quite as much, ending up at US$44.5m (67m). END

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Gunns bosses may face class action

ABC News, Australia
October 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The former bosses of Tasmanian timber company Gunns may face a class action lawsuit. National law firm Maurice Blackburn says it is considering whether to sue Gunns’ directors and officers now the Tasmanian timber company has gone into administration. The law firm is representing more than 300 shareholders who claim they have lost millions of dollars because of poor disclosure of the company’s accounts.

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Slow uptake on sawlog buyback

ABC News, Australia
October 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania has cast doubt over the success of the Government’s sawlog buyback scheme. The State Government is not saying how many businesses have applied for a slice of the $15 million program aimed at freeing up native forest for the forest peace talks. The success of the exit package could hold the key to a final agreement on peace negotiations.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Architectural wood projects honoured

Journal of Commerce
October 3, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. chapter of the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) recently recognized the best quality and service in their industry at an awards gala in Vancouver. The 22nd Annual AWMAC BC Awards of Excellence was held at the new Vancouver Convention Centre. “The awards are all about AWMAC members coming together and putting together their best work and awarding those projects that are deserving of our highest awards,” said Robert Macdonell, president of AWMAC BC.

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Clear-Cut Ambition

October 2, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Handel, whose own show First, the Forest opens at the Canadian Centre for Architecture on Oct. 4, thinks there is a space to explore in the middle of the spectrum, however. …The topic of forestry in architecture was indeed unconventional.  “There is no discourse on forestry in architecture. To me, that is a challenge. This research is trying to suggest there are links,” he said. “It’s not a topic that’s aligned with the way the CCA collection works. If I were to go in with a proposal about [an architect], their collection is organized accordingly.

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Nanocrystalline Cellulose: Is Wood Going To Be The New Plastic?

ETF Daily News (blog)
October 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…Wood mixed with electronics was thought to be a decorative combination of the past. But soon, a wood by-product could be used in all types of modern electronic devices. In fact, The U.S. National Science Foundation has predicted that this organic super-material will become a $600-billion industry within the next eight years. This new wood by-product, simply known as wood pulp, could actually make up key components in your electronics in the near future. Many are hailing wood pulp, scientifically know as nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), as the next big wonder material.

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Forestry

Whistler environmental group hosts old growth forest symposium

AWARE speakers include scientists and researchers
Pique Newsmagazine
October 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment is hosting a symposium on Oct. 14-15 on old growth forests, culminating with a walk through Ancient Cedars in the Soo Valley. On Sunday, Oct. 14 the event kicks off with a talk at Millennium Place from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on “What are old forests and why are they important?” On Monday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., guest researchers and scientists will present “Forest Ecology 101” at Nicklaus North Golf Course, including scientists Andy MacKinnon, Len Lertzman, Curtis Bjork and Bob Brett.

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Federal forestry plan focuses on jobs

Letter by Dick Harris, MP
Prince George Citizen
October 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Harper government is focused on what matters to Canadians – jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. That is why, during National Forest Week, our government is highlighting our unprecedented support for energy efficiency, innovation and jobs in the Canadian forest and wood products industry. This industry is not only part of our heritage, but a critical economic driver and valued source of skilled employment. In fact, the forest industry accounts directly for 234 000 Canadian jobs. Strategic investments over the past six years are helping companies innovate to increase trade and Canadian jobs at home.

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City hosts national conference on how to fight back

London Free Press
October 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

London will have to work a lot harder to deserve the tag “The Forest City.” That sobering message was delivered by Sara Rowland, the city’s urban forest planner, to an opening workshop at the Canadian Urban Forest Conference in London on Monday. Rowland noted an online survey of about 2,000 Londoners this summer found 74% of respondents thought London didn’t deserve to be known as The Forest City, but 84% thought the city should keep trying to live up to the name. Rowland said a severe drought, the emerald ash borer and a new pest — the Japanese beetle — have inflicted even more damage on London trees this year.

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Government has “Nothing To Report” from Required Wildlife Monitoring Program after 18 Years (with video)

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
October 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Commercial timber harvesting occurs on over 270,000 square kilometres of publicly-owned Crown forests. The Provincial Wildlife Population Monitoring Program was established to monitor the status of forest wildlife populations, in order to inform Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) forestry policy. The ECO concludes that MNR’s wildlife monitoring program is in a state of abject failure: no consistent list of species has been monitored, and very limited long-term trend information has been collected. After 18 years, the program has failed to achieve its objectives – MNR still has nothing to report.

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Supreme Court rejects challenge to national forest ‘roadless rule’

Associated Press
October 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Environmental groups hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests, ending one of the main legal battles that had left the rule in doubt for more than a decade. … Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association said closing so much forest land to development has had serious consequences for residents of Western states and the logging, mining and drilling industries.

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Progress continues in Mustang Complex Fire fight

KPAX-TV
October 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

NORTH FORK, ID- Firefighters are continuing to make progress in battling the huge 339,110 acres Mustang Complex fire that’s burning along the Idaho/Montana border. Crews have been working to mop up hot spots 150 feet into the fire perimeter, southwest of Allan Mountain in Idaho, and containment of the blaze has improved in the area. Meanwhile, crews completed fire line between U.S. Forest Service Road 185 to the Chrandal Fire area in Montana and mop up work in the Gattin Ranch has also been successful.

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Managing Forests Could Boost Water Yields

Capitol Public Radio
October 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Here at the 4,000-acre Blodgett Forest Research Station in the Sierra Nevada foothills, researchers have ongoing projects testing different techniques like clear-cutting and selective harvesting and prescriptive burns. And soon they might also look at what kinds of forest management produce more clean water. …Forest manager Rob York shows me a 12-acre plot where he’s selectively removed individual trees. The sunlight is filtering in. It’s a much more open space than the shady reserve of 100-year old trees we just came from.

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Forestry officials warn that Mother Nature may have worsened fall wildfire season

Associated Press
October 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Division of Forestry is gearing up for a potentially bad wildfire season. A lack of rain during the summer months coupled with strong spring storms and tornadoes that knocked down trees have left Kentucky’s forests littered with fuel for wildfires. Kentucky’s chief forester, Leah MacSwords, said the accumulation of storm-damaged trees and smaller tinder that died as a result of drought will lead to an “active” fire season and pose dangers for firefighters.

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Forestry decline puts heat on fire fighters

ABC News, Australia
October 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Fire Service admits its capacity to fight bushfires could be compromised by the big changes in Tasmania’s forest industry. There is concern some forests could be become a high fire risk with the restructure of Forestry Tasmania and the collapse of timber company Gunns. Firefighters are worried they might lose experienced personnel and fire fighting resources from within the organisations.

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Dutch foresters learn about woodland management in Thetford Forest

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
October 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Thetford and Dunwich Forests played host to international visitors, as a team from the Royal Dutch Forestry Association came to learn from Forestry Commission projects. The Koninklijke Nederlandse Bosbouw Vereniging (KNBV) spent a week visiting the region as a chance for teams from both sides of the North Sea to compare forest management methods and experience. Steve Scott, Forestry Commission area director in the East and East Midlands, said: “I was lucky to visit the Netherlands a few years ago to look at their land management techniques, and this was a fantastic opportunity to repay their hospitality.”

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Illegal logging worth $30-100B annually

Mongabay.com
October 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

illegal logging accounts for 15-30 percent of forestry in the tropics and is worth $30-100 billion worldwide, alleges a new report published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL. Consuming countries play a major role in the trade, which is increasingly sophisticated and in some places is facilitated by the expansion of industrial plantations. “Illegal logging is not on the decline, rather it is becoming more advanced as cartels become better organized including shifting their illegal activities in order to avoid national or local police efforts,” wrote Achim Steiner and Ronald Noble — the heads of UNEP and INTERPOL — in the report’s preface.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Bio-energy and technology campus proposed for old St. Marys site

Sault Star
October 1, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s looking more and more like the former St. Marys Paper site has a future in green energy. The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and Riversedge Developments Inc., the developer that is in the process of dismantling the former industrial site, announced Monday they are actively seeking out educational institutions and businesses interested in a bio-energy and technology campus that would be constructed on the eastern third of the property. Jason Naccarato, SSMIC’s vice-president of development, said the idea is to create a spot where post-secondary institutions and for-profit start-up companies could create and test new renewable energy technology – from heat-to-energy projects to biofuel and biomass.

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General

Some Swiss industrial-wood prices down more than 10%

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
October 1, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Swiss industrial-wood processing companies and exporters have sharply reduced prices for industrial wood. The action came as a surprise for many forest owners, forestry companies, and log merchants. In many cases, suppliers were given notification of the reductions without prior discussion or negotiations. At the beginning of July, suppliers were still working from the assumption that there would be no new price negotiations until the end of September or the beginning of October.

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Clear-Cut Ambition

October 2, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

…Handel, whose own show First, the Forest opens at the Canadian Centre for Architecture on Oct. 4, thinks there is a space to explore in the middle of the spectrum, however. …The topic of forestry in architecture was indeed unconventional.  “There is no discourse on forestry in architecture. To me, that is a challenge. This research is trying to suggest there are links,” he said. “It’s not a topic that’s aligned with the way the CCA collection works. If I were to go in with a proposal about [an architect], their collection is organized accordingly.

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Old wood commands premium prices

by Larry Pynn – Demand for reclaimed materials up as buyers seek out beams with character
Vancouver Sun
October 1, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

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,” layers of woods bonded together – removed during construction work at the Fraser Arms Hotel on South West Marine Drive in Vancouver. “They’re excellent,” allows Western owner Bruce MacDonald, who’s been in the wood-recycling business for 25 years. “Nothing wrong with them at all.”

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