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Daily Archives: October 12, 2012

Business & Politics

Resources still drive B.C.’s economy

By Don Cayo – B.C. Business Council report stresses need for government policies to recognize and support these industries
Vancouver Sun
October 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

If the rest of the world continues to see British Columbians as hewers of wood and drawers of water, perhaps it’s because they know something that many of us – especially those who too rarely stray from the Lower Mainland – don’t always acknowledge. It’s because, in our dealings with the rest of the world, that’s precisely what we are, as a new report from the B.C. Business Council makes clear. And the council thinks we’re likely to stay that way for a long time to come. …here has been a sharp drop in the relative importance of forest products, from nearly half the export economy (wood products at 32.2 per cent, plus pulp and paper at 17.6 per cent) in 2002 to a combined total of just over 30 per cent today.

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Trades Training Centre May Not Go Ahead

HQ Prince George
October 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC’s Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training Minister is hinting the proposed trades training centre at the former Rustad mill site may no longer be in the cards. Work towards the joint venutre between Canfor and the Bid Group has gone quiet, at least publically. Meanwhile Pat Bell says an assessment is underway to see what post-secondary schools in the North require for facilities.

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Foundations nearly complete for new plant at Harmac

by Robert Barron
Nanaimo Daily News
October 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The construction of the foundations for Harmac Pacific’s new $45-million electrical-generation plant is almost completed and workers are expected to begin building the housing for the turbine in November. Harmac president Levi Sampson said the 25-megawatt plant should be completed and selling electricity to B.C. Hydro as scheduled by next summer.

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Vancity, West Fraser on top employers list

Business in Vancouver
October 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver companies ranging from Vancity to West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. to Telus Corp. (TSX:T) have been named on Mediacorp Canada Inc.’s list of top 100 Canadian employers. …According to Mediacorp, employers were compared to other employers in their fields to determine which offers “the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.”

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Raw log exports don’t create jobs, they kill jobs

Letter by Bob Matters, chair Steelworkers Wood Council
Alberni Valley Times
October 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Surely Dave Peterson doesn’t really think things are fine because we have a “process” for determining whether logs are “surplus to domestic needs?” He should be reminded that forest minister Steve Thompson has pretty much sabotaged that process by ignoring the recommendations of his own Timber Export Advisory Committee. A shortage of bids on logs doesn’t mean that B.C. manufacturers don’t need them. More exports mean fewer and fewer mills, fewer mills mean less demand, that means more log exports.

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Provincial minister turns down SRD’s request for mediator in Campbell River pole peeler dispute

Campbell River Mirror
October 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province will not step in and appoint a mediator in a dispute between the city and residents of Duncan Bay Road over a pole peeler plant that moved into their neighbourhood last January.  Residents of both Gordon Road and Duncan Bay Road spent the past winter, spring and summer protesting the industrial operation outside city hall, the Strathcona Regional District offices and the pole plant. …“I come to this decision for a number of reasons. Mediation requires an acceptance of involvement by the outside party from those who are directly involved in a dispute.

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Alberta company’s perks earn it a spot on Canada’s top employers list

Global News
October 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Several Alberta-based businesses have made this year’s list of top 100 Canadian companies to work for, including a pulp and paper mill north of Edmonton in Athabasca County. When you look at the list of perks Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries (Al-Pac) offers its employees, the accolade is not all that surprising. First of all, new hires at the company start at four weeks of vacation – plus an average of 12 “personal days” off each year. That means that as long as the rest of your team doesn’t mind, a worker can go watch their child’s game or recital, for instance.

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Date Set for Skeena Sawmill Opening

Terrace Sawmill set to run at full capacity by November 5th
CFTK-TV Terrace
October 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Skeena sawmill owners have set a deadline to have the plant up and running at full capacity. Roc Holdings management consultant Gian Sandhu says the plant has set the target of November 5th to have the plant fully operational. Until then, they plan to continue to train staff and test the equipment. Plant manager, Don Macdonald says they’re currently testing two lines of log processing. “November 5th we’ll have two lines running. We’re running both lines now, checking optimization, throughput numbers, recovery numbers and sawing accuracy.”

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Lumber mill fills third shift

Chronicle Journal
October 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A third shift at Resolute Forest Products’ Thunder Bay lumber mill could be up and running early in the new year, union officials say. “I think by the time they get everybody hired and trained they should be ready to go by then,” Communications, Energy & Paperworkers union national rep Marvin Pupeza said Thursday. Resolute is to host a second hiring information session for the mill this morning at Thunder Bay’s Slovak Legion following Thursday night’s session at the same location.

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Weyerhaeuser Announces 13 Percent Dividend Increase

Benzinga
October 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser Company today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a 13% increase in the Company’s regular quarterly cash dividend, from $0.15 per share to $0.17 per share. The dividend of $0.17 per share on the common stock of the corporation is payable November 30, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business November 9, 2012. “The Board is pleased to take this action,” said Chuck Williamson, Chairman of the Board.

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Potential buyers for Gunns assets

ABC News, Australia
October 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The administrators of Gunns are negotiating with potential buyers of the timber company’s assets. …Administrator Daniel Bryant from PPB Advisory says he can not reveal who may be interested in restructuring the business. He says the talks are in their early stages. “There’s been a number of parties which were in dialogue with management of Gunns pre-appointment,” he said.

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International Paper Hikes Dividend

Nasdaq
October 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

nternational Paper hiked its quarterly dividend by 14% to 30 cents per share from the previous 26.25 cents. The increased dividend will be paid on December 17, 2012, to shareholders of record on November 15, 2012. In addition, International Paper declared a regular quarterly dividend of $1.00 per share for the period from October 1, 2012, to December 31, 2012, on the cumulative $4.00 preferred stock of the company. This dividend will also be paid on December 17, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 15, 2012.

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Disney breaks ties with paper makers over Indonesian rainforest concerns

The Guardian
October 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Environmentalists campaigning to prevent the wholesale destruction of the Indonesian rainforest scored a major victory on Wednesday after coaxing the Walt Disney company, one of the world’s largest publishers of children’s books, to revamp its paper purchasing policies and sever ties with two of Asia’s most controversial pulp and paper manufacturers. After two years of occasionally testy exchanges and intense negotiation with the Rainforest Action Network (Ran), a San Francisco-based advocacy group, Disney agreed in a new written policy to do everything it could to safeguard endangered forests and their ecosystems, which support the sorts of animals celebrated in Disney feature films and their multimedia spinoffs.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Strong Demand for Red and White Oak Hardwood Flooring

Woodworking Network
October 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Many hardwood industry contacts voiced unease and worry about the future in conversations last week. However, present business conditions were not that bad. Some sawmills and concentration yards have experienced slower kiln-dried lumber sales in recent weeks, but many more have reported steady sales. Green mills had ready markets for most items. …Concentration yards had steady sales and most had plenty of lumber, with only poplar hard to find. Distribution yards in most areas reported flat sales, with their inventories also in good shape, albeit at much lower levels than in the past.

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Group Fights Hardwood Plywood Antidumping

Woodworking Network
October 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, OR— Protesting the hardwood plywood antidumping petition, a group of U.S. companies has formed the American Alliance of Hardwood Plywood (AAHP) to ensure the availability of the “unique” plywood product imported from China. The AAHP says the hardwood plywood product manufactured in China uses thinner veneer than that which is manufactured in the United States. Hardwood plywood is used in a variety of products including furniture, cabinetry and components. AAHP is comprised American importers, distributors, manufacturers and retailers, with Greg Simon of Far East American and Gregg Wilkinson of Liberty Woods International listed as co-chairs of the coalition.

The American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood warns of proposed tariffs on Chinese plywood imports from Lesprom

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Nekoosa Nekoosa launches carbonless paper with antimicrobial protection

Pulp and Paper News
October 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Nekoosa Coated Products’ creates the world’s first antimicrobial carbonless paper by adding Biomaster® silver ion technology, a non-toxic, naturally occurring antimicrobial technology to protect against the spreading of bacteria. “As the cost of health care continues to rise, more and more antimicrobial treated products are offered to protect against non-pathogenic bacteria, producing cleaner product surfaces. For the first time, Nekoosa Coated Products brings a superior level of product protection to carbonless and copy paper products,” says Charlie Matthews of BiomasterUSA, LLC, the manufacturer of Biomaster®.

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Forestry

Dry Cowichan a grim warning

Victoria Times Colonist
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…A weir at Lake Cowichan, managed by the Forest Ministry, controls water flow into the river, under a water licence held by Catalyst Paper…..For the past decade, according to groups who work on protecting the river, the ministry has done just that, providing a needed reserve. But this year, the Forests Ministry said that the licence rules prohibit the practice. …It’s also disappointing that no one in government – not Thomson or any official – has been prepared to answer questions about the decision.

A River nearly ran dry: Anger grows over lack of action on BC water levels from the Victoria Times Colonist

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Group aims to protect eagles’ night roost

by Mark Hume
Globe and Mail
October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A small grove of timber in the Fraser Valley used as a night roost by flocks of eagles has long been a secret known only to a few people in British Columbia. But now an environmental group, the Ancient Forest Alliance, and a landowner who has property adjacent to the roosting trees are working together to publicize the area, in the hopes of saving it from logging. …Mr. Ben-Oliel said a Ministry of Forests land use plan under study for the Fraser Valley sets aside part of the old-growth timber around Echo Lake, but would allow a swath of trees that the eagles perch in at night to be logged. …Why not save this little place.…Why not leave this as the place they sleep?” he asked.

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Province to halt logging in Castle after completion of Spray Lakes project

Pincher Creek Echo
October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Those protesting the logging operations of Spray Lakes Sawmills near Beaver Mines, Alberta will be able to have their say during upcoming consultations on the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP), and they will be able to do so knowing that the current timber harvest will be the last one approved in the Castle Special Management Area while the SSRP is being developed. Duncan MacDonnell, Public Affairs Officer for Alberta Sustainable Resources, said that the logging project that has currently been approved will be permitted to finish but after that, the Castle Special Management Area will be put on hold while everyone is given an opportunity to have their say.

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Change to permits for cutting timber from community forests will help harvest initiatives

Campbell River Courier-Islander
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government is introducing a single cutting permit procedure to make it easier for local governments, First Nations and other non-commercial organizations throughout the province to harvest timber from community forests.  …The streamlined process supports the government’s forest sector strategy commitments to improve access to forest tenures for a range of users and identify and pursue community forest agreement opportunities

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???BEYOND THE BEETLE: A mid-term timber supply action plan HFHC Coordinator response

Healthy Forests Healthy Communities
October 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The recently released Mid-Term Timber Supply Action Plan by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) is disappointing at best and sends a clear message of defensiveness. …The limited Terms of Reference of the Committee prevented innovative recommendations related to key issues regarding the future of BC forests identified by experts and communities through the Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities (HFHC) initiative. However, the response by the MFLNRO further marginalized priority actions to move towards a desired future forest.

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Budworm ‘death by a thousand cuts’

Kamloops Daily News
October 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A defoliating forest insect is building “almost in a circle around us,” threatening both logging values and backyard trees, a provincial entomologist based in Kamloops said Friday. While analysis is not yet complete, Lorraine MacLauchlan said there is evidence of rising Western budworm attack on fir trees close to the city. “If you drive over the Coquihalla you get a sense – it’s severe… You walk into stands,” she said. “You see defoliation and there’s moths everywhere.” …Unlike pine beetle, however, there is an effective way to reduce building populations.

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Perry demands legislative protection for Plan B old growth forests

Atlantic Farm Focus
October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

[Charlottetown, PEI]- Tory forestry critic Hal Perry is calling upon Forestry Minister George Webster to take immediate action to place Plan B forest lands under Legislative protection. “Last week, Minister Webster during National Forest Week stressed the importance of our forests yet has done nothing to protect the sensitive forest areas which will be destroyed by Plan B,” said Perry. “It is completely hypocritical.” Perry added the project area is an undeveloped, ecologically unique habitat with old growth forest including hemlocks, ravines, streams and many species of plants and wildlife.

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Halifax man slams NDP clearcut policy with billboard

CBC News
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Halifax man has bought a billboard on Barrington Street calling the provincial forest policies “shameful.” Jamie Simpson, who has a masters of science in forestry, said Nova Scotia’s woods are not being protected. His major concern is the NDP’s definition of a clearcut. “They had a real opportunity to give a real solid definition of what a clearcut is and to set a real goal to work towards reducing clear cutting. Instead they’ve created a definition so narrow you really have to create a moonscape before it falls with within their definition,” he said.

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Sudden Oak Tree Epidemic Threatens North Peninsula

Patch.com
October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Sudden Oak Death, a disease that can destroy oak and tanoak trees in California, has reached “epidemic” proportions in some parts of the East Bay and the Peninsula and prevention efforts against further infestation are “urgently needed,” according to an environmental task force. Surveys of California Bay Laurel trees in selected Bay Area cities, conducted by the University of California at Berkeley and volunteers, show that the pathogen that triggers the disease has spread rapidly in the western East Bay area and the North Peninsula, where “a staggering 48 percent” of bay laurel trees tested in the Burlingame Hills were infected, according to the California Oak Mortality Task Force.

Sudden Oak Death, Tree Pathogen, Rapidly Killing Northern California Forests from the Huffington Post

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Climate change, aging forests and wildfires

Washington Post
October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

In the Oct. 8 news article “Burning through wildfire budgets,” forestry experts and environmental groups referred to the method that Congress uses to determine funding levels to battle wildfires as “inadequate at a time when climate change is causing longer periods of dryness and drought.” … The challenges we face with climate change will pale in comparison with the threat of catastrophic wildfires if poor management continues, and that is a destined result with a Forest Service that’s forced to act more as firefighter than forest manager.

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Forest health plan to be discussed

Shoshone News Press
October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest Service officials will be on hand at the end of this month to discuss a proposed 28,000 acre forest health plan, which is in the early scoping phase. The area stretches from the Beaver Creek drainage over King Hill to the Prichard Creek drainage area, said Shoshone County Commissioner Vince Rinaldi, who met with fellow commissioners and Forest Service officials Tuesday afternoon to discuss the project. Everyone agrees the area has a huge, catastrophic fire potential, he said.

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Ruidoso committee continues to review forest waste rules

Ruidoso News
October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Members of the Ruidoso Forestry Working Committee keep edging closer to some specific recommendations for changes to the village’s forest management rules and a fee structure. But they also heard during a meeting last week that the prospect of using woody material cut from lots in the community to generate power looks unlikely, because of an uncertain sufficient future stream of fuel and a relatively small energy product output. Forestry Director Dick Cooke of the forest utilization subcommittee was told to continue refining his recommendations to present to the full committee in November when finance subcommittee members also are expected to share their recommendations.

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UM Foresters’ Ball seeks volunteers’ help with pole run this Saturday

The Missoulian
October 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…In all three cases, a little help was involved. On Saturday, anyone interested in a coniferous invasion of Schreiber Gym can volunteer to help with the Foresters’ Ball pole run. …The student-run, two-day dance and fundraiser doesn’t take place until March 22, 2013. But its 1880s-style log cabins and pavilions require at least 400 tree trunks to construct, so the crews start early. The work also helps the university’s forest managers do some groundskeeping. Most of the trees cut are standing beetle-kill, while others are part of a thinning effort to improve the health of other trees.

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Federal judge sides with BLM on Cottonwood timber sale

Associated Press
October 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MEDFORD — A federal judge denied a request for a preliminary injunction to halt a U.S. Bureau of Land Management timber sale in southern Oregon. The BLM wants to harvest 3.2 million board feet of timber from the Cottonwood timber sale in the Jenny Creek watershed between Highway 66 and the Howard Prairie Lake east of Ashland. U.S. District Court Judge Owen Panner ruled Tuesday that plaintiffs did not prove the public interest favors injunctive relief.

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Industry group snubs forestry peace talks

ABC News, Australia
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An industry group involved in the Tasmanian forest peace talks has confirmed it will not take part in negotiations which are set to resume next week. The Australian Forest Products Association suspended its involvement in the talks a month ago over concerns about the future of Forestry Tasmania. The association wants the State Government to guarantee the existence of a single, independent management authority to maintain wood production forests.

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Greens to grow missing trees

ABC News, Australia
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The ACT Greens have made an election pledge to boost the number of trees in Canberra. The party would set-up a $4 million Urban Tree Trust to ensure more trees are grown and planted in urban areas of Canberra. Greens spokeswoman Caroline Le Couteur says work by Territory and Municipal Services looking after urban trees is underfunded by millions. “That money will be set aside to be spent when the seasons are right,” she said.

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Sri Lanka forestry program expanded by Australia

Lanka Business Online
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A community based program to increase forest cover in Sri Lanka’s dry zone and support small farmers has been launched by Australia and the United National Development Program. … Sri Lanka’s forestry department with Australian support had done a pilot program from 2003 to 2008 in 55 areas in Anuradapura, Kurunegala, Matale, Monaragala and Puttalam. The pilot had regenerated of 11,000 hectares of forest and increased the monthly income of beneficiaries by almost 100 per cent.

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Another signatory returns to peace talks

ABC News, Australia
October 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Timber Communities Australia has lifted its suspension from Tasmania’s forest peace talks. The group left the negotiations with environmentalists last month over the State Government’s plan to restructure Forestry Tasmania. Its return to the table comes with conditions. The group’s Jim Adams says a peace deal must be struck by the end of the month.

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General

Tree replanting essential to Calgary’s urban forest (with video)

Calgary City blog
October 11, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Planting trees helps build communities is a mantra Calgarians truly believe in and maintaining and sustaining the health of Calgary’s urban forest is a key environmental priority for The City. That’s why City of Calgary Parks is in the process of planting 366 trees across the city as part of its Poplar Lifecycle and Species Diversity Project. … “For every one tree removed, two are being planted. Where possible, shade trees such as oak, ash or elm are replacing poplars,” says Spence.

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