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Daily Archives: October 4, 2012

Business & Politics

Sino-Forest’s restructuring deal leaves shareholders cut out

Financial Post
October 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Shareholders have been quietly shoved aside in the court-ordered restructuring of Sino-Forest Corp. — and they feel a lack of legal counsel is partly to blame. Last week, veteran Bay Street lawyer Joe Groia agreed to take up the case of disgruntled Sino shareholders, who are furious about their treatment during the CCAA process. But he may be too late. …“This was just rubber-stamped and forgotten by the courts and the
monitor. Our rights were completely extinguished to the benefit of the
noteholders, by the board of directors,” said Jason Evdoxiadis, a
minority shareholder who met with Mr. Groia.

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Cariboo Pulp Has New Deal

250 News
October 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Quesnel, B.C.- The 220 or so members of CEP 1115 at West Fraser’s Cariboo Pulp and Paper mill have a new contract offer. The ratification vote will be held tomorrow, and the union executive is recommending acceptance. The wage increase is the same as had been negotiated with CEP at Canfor in Prince George, with a lump sum payment of $3750 in each of the first two years of the contract, then a 2% boost in 2014, 2.5% hike in 2015 and a 3% increase in 2016.

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NS primary bidder on Resolute land

Government in ‘aggressive’ talks with former Bowater operator
TheChronicleHerald.ca
October 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province is the only potential buyer in talks with the largest private landholder in Nova Scotia, the deputy natural resources minister said Wednesday. The landholder is Resolute Forest Products of Quebec. Resolute shuttered Bowater Mersey Paper Co. in June. Its assets include 220,000 hectares. The province has been in talks for months with Resolute, discussions that deputy minister Duff Montgomerie characterized Wednesday as “aggressive dialogue.” “Right now, they are in dialogue with us and us alone,” Montgomerie told reporters after appearing before the legislature’s public accounts committee.

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Cape Breton mill produces first paper product since restart

Canadian Press
October 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — Paper is rolling again at a newly restarted mill in Cape Breton. Port Hawkesbury Paper external affairs manager Marc Dube says the first paper started rolling off the mill’s production line early today. Dube says the company plans to send the paper to customers soon.

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Ecotrust Forest Management named top impact investment fund

Sustainable Business Oregon
October 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A panel of experts named Ecotrust Forest Management to its annual list of experienced private debt and equity impact investment fund managers. The ImpactAssets 50 was compiled by selecting firms with more than three years of experience in impact investing — a term for investing money in socially and environmentally responsible ventures — and a commitment to corporate responsibility. The full list represents $10.2 billion of capital invested in areas including community development, microfinance and clean technology.

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Sappi launches sustainability website

Pulp and Paper News
October 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Sappi Fine Paper Europe has launched its new sustainability website – www.sappipositivity.com – focused on sharing its experience and know-how in this realm. The website provides new and relevant information in an accessible and interactive format, where visitors will be able to discover positive paper stories, Sappi’s green paper trail, as well as facts and figures and useful downloadable content. END

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Pulp mill would have saved Gunns: CEO

Trading Room
October 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The former chief executive of Gunns has told a court the timber company would not have failed if its northern Tasmanian pulp mill had gone ahead.  Greg L’Estrange, who left Gunns last week, has been giving evidence at a pre-trial hearing in the insider trading case against former chairman John Gay.  …Asked by Mr Gay’s lawyer Phillip Priest, QC, if Gunns would be a viable
concern if the mill had gone ahead, he said: “I wouldn’t have put the
last three years of my life into it if I didn’t believe that.”

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UNECE:Softwood lumber consumption grew 2% in 2011

EUWID
October 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Statistics contained in the latest UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review 2011-2012 indicate that softwood lumber consumption in the UNECE region (Europe, North America and former CIS countries) remained on its upward path in 2011. A slightly more stable economy and the impact on more receptive and expanding markets, notably in Asia, sparked this improvement.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Alberta wood fibre will try to make a dent in auto industry

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

EDMONTON — Instead of making pulp and paper, trees in Alberta could one day help make cars and trucks. Alberta researchers are teaming up with automotive supplier Magna Exteriors and Interiors and Ontario scientists on a project to integrate wood fibre into auto parts. Parts made from forest fibre have the potential to be strong, lightweight and low-cost replacements for hydrocarbon-based components. “(Magna’s) clients, the mainline auto manufacturers around the world very much want to get these kinds of products and that’s what led to this particular project,” said Stan Blade, chief executive of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, a provincial government agency.

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Australian Timber Design Awards Announced

DesignBuild Source
October 4, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Timber design, from interiors to architecture, is a hot and trending industry practice, with a number of timber skyscrapers hitting the commercial sector and gaining global acclaim. With the engineering behind timber goods and products becoming more advanced and refined, the material is at the forefront of industry design efforts and reaping major rewards for those who include it into their developments. Gaining recognition as the best of the best in this particular sector, the 2012 Australian Timber Design Awards have just unveiled their winning projects, which represent the highest standard of timber design projects in this country.

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Forestry

University of Alberta partner in new national forest-fire research effort

Edmonton Journal
October 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – The University of Alberta will be the western hub of a national forest-fire science effort, in co-ordination with the federal and provincial governments. An announcement this week at the Wildland Fire Canada conference in Kananaskis Country said the three partners will share resources and collaborate on initiatives. “There is direct money and in-kind support for the program from the partners,” said Mike Flannigan, director of the partnership, and a research scientist in wildland fire with the U of A and Natural Resources Canada. No budget details were available.

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Public controls land base

Letter by Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Campbell River Mirror
October 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am writing in response to your Sept. 25 article, North Island MLA outlines NDP’s forestry plan. On Northern Vancouver Island, the public, not forest companies control the Crown land base. Through the 2003 Forestry Revitalization Plan, we redistributed tenure from the largest licensees in order to create more opportunities for smaller operators and First Nations. As a result, 17 North Island First Nations have had the opportunity to participate in the forest sector. As well a strategic engagement agreement and reconciliation protocol with member bands of the Nanwakolas Tribal Council are bringing certainty to forestry operations in the area.

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Human error to blame for more forest fires last summer in Quebec

Montreal Gazette
October 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – The good news is less overall damage to Quebec forestry from fires this past summer. The bad news is that human error was the cause of 25 per cent more forest fires than usual in the same period. In figures released on Wednesday by the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU), our hot and dry summer and the relative scarcity of lightning storms, which traditionally start a great number of fires, meant that there were 36,462 hectares of forest destroyed – down 68 per cent from an average of 116,387 hectares annually.

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Paper mill agreement concerns N.S. environment group

CBC News
October 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Nova Scotia’s environmental group says it’s outraged the province has weakened forest protection requirements for the new owners of the Port Hawkesbury Paper mill in Cape Breton. The Ecology Action Centre says the final agreement signed Friday between the province and Stern Partners Inc. — an affiliate of Pacific West Commercial Corp. — includes a clause that would allow the newly reopened mill to drop its certification by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Nova Scotia environmental group raises concerns over forestry agreement from the Canadian Press
Green groups chide Dexter from the Chronicle Herald

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Daniel Christensen joins the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. Board of Directors

Lesprom Network
October 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Daniel P. Christensen, CEO, Hancock Natural Resource Group, and President, Hancock Timber Resource Group, brings more than 35 years of forestry and investment experience to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) Board of Directors. In announcing his appointment, SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow noted Mr. Christensen’s on-the-ground, practical experience and as well as his familiarity with international timber markets and issues. “Dan Christensen brings a proven track record and global knowledge to the successful, long-term, sustainable management of forestry resources,” she said.

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UPS Foundation grants $2M to forestry projects

Sustainable Business Oregon
October 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The UPS Foundation will mark United Parcel Service Inc.’s global volunteer month in October by giving $2.2 million in grants to fund a forestry initiative. …The UPS Foundation also will start a year-long effort to support employee volunteer activities to plant more than 1 million trees around the world, beginning with tree-planting initiatives in China, Canada, Haiti, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Uganda and the United States by the end of 2013.

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Timber sales will benefit local small mills

Juneau Emprie
October 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Three small-scale federal timber sales are going on the market on Wrangell and Zarembo Islands. The Forest Service tailored the Alto, Cello and Fiddle timber sales to fit the needs of Wrangell’s small-scale mills and wood-related businesses. Part of the Roadside Timber Sale Program, the micro-sales total 2,000 board feet (1,000 board feet units are known in the industry by the abbreviation mbf), 4,000 and 8,000 respectively. “Pretty small [sales], essentially a handful of trees,” Austin O’Brien timber staff officer at the Wrangell Ranger District said.

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Managed forests survive fires better, forester says

The Chadron Record
October 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

As the area moves forward in the recovery process from the Region 23 Complex and Wellnitz fires, foresters are encouraging more people to take a long, hard look at doing more to manage the forests on their land. “I think what this fire season showed us is how a managed forest reacts compared to an unmanaged forest,” said state forester Doak Nickerson. …When there are too many trees, combined with conditions such as this year’s drought, “the fires are going to be ones that more than likely you won’t appreciate the end result.”

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Greenpeace unaware of al-Qaeda’s role in forest fires in EU

Russia Beyond The Headlines
October 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Greenpeace, a leading international environment protection organization, has no information that would confirm the Russian Federal Security Service’s (FSB) claim that the terrorist organization al-Qaeda is behind forest fires in European Union countries. FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov said at a conference of heads of security services and law enforcement agencies from foreign countries and international organizations in Moscow on Wednesday that al-Qaeda was pursuing a strategy of ‘a thousand cuts’ and was behind forest fires in EU countries.

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Forestry peace talks ultimatum

ABC News, Australia
October 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government is refusing to release vital information to further the forest peace talks until all the negotiators return to the table. The Government is not telling the public how many sawmillers applied for a slice of the $15 million sawlog buyback scheme. It has now written to the environmental and industry groups involved in the peace talks, telling them they will also be kept in the dark until they agree on a date to continue negotiations.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Foresters ask PM to restrict use of cheap carbon credits

Radio New Zealand
October 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A group of forest owners and managers have appealed to the Prime Minister in an attempt to persuade the Government to restrict the use of cheap international carbon units in New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme. In a letter to Mr Key, they urge the Government to impose a limit on imported credits, to align New Zealand with its trading partners. The Government is not proposing any such restrictions in amendments to the ETS legislation.

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General

Oregon lawmakers urge probe into China’s timber industry

NRtoday.com
October 4, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Oregon federal lawmakers this week urged U.S. trade officials to curb what they claimed are China’s illegal tactics to sell more hardwood plywood and paper products to American consumers. In both cases, the lawmakers allege that Chinese manufacturers are breaking international trade laws to make their products artificially cheap and gain the upper hand in timber-related industries. “American manufacturers can’t compete when the deck is unfairly stacked against them,” U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio said in a statement supporting an investigation of Chinese plywood manufacturers.

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