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Daily Archives: October 16, 2012

Business & Politics

CEP votes overwhelmingly in favour of CAW merger

CBC News
October 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada have voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining forces to create a super-union with the Canadian Auto Workers. …The next step is to create six large committees over the next few years to comb through the fine details of the merger. “I’d equate this to building a car with no options and over the next three years, we will be putting in those options to suit both unions,” said Hewson.

CEP union votes to merge with CAW from The Canadian Press

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Sino-Forest hearing set for January

Financial Post
October 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

On consent of all parties, the Ontario Securities Commission has adjourned the Sino-Forest hearing to January 17, 2013.  Otherwise, the certification and leave motions in the Sino-Forest class action suit are set for November 21-30 before Justice Paul Perell of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

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Canfor sees workers returning as Radium sawmill reopens

by Gordon Hamilton – Former employees come back from working in Alberta to their families in B.C.
Vancouver Sun
October 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As Canfor Corp. prepares to restart its Radium sawmill on the western flank of the Rocky Mountains, workers are coming back from the Alberta oilfields to reclaim their jobs, reversing a labour flow that until now has been a one-way street. Many workers left their families to find employment in Fort McMurray or in southeastern B.C.’s coal mines when the mill closed three years ago, said Radium Hot Springs Mayor Dee Conklin. But when Canfor announced earlier this year that it was investing $38.5 million to restart the mill, something unheard-of happened: Workers who were making better money in Alberta re-applied for their old jobs.

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Clark promises cash for island

Money to come from new fund that fast-tracks capital projects
Victoria Times Colonist
October 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver Island will get its share of money from a new government fund that fast-tracks capital projects, says Premier Christy Clark.  “Capital on the Island is really important – not only is it infrastructure, but it’s also job-creating,” Clark told the Times Colonist in an interview. …Clark’s visit to the Island Economic Summit last year focused on the revitalization of the Island’s forest industry. Forestry remains on the upswing, in part because of growing trade with China, she said, which has motivated three trade missions to Asia and India in the past year.

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Lecours Lumber closing its doors

Kapuskasing Times
October 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lecours Lumber Co. Limited announced Monday the company is being forced to permanently close its sawmill and planing mill located in Calstock. The sawmill and planing mill are on land held in trust by the federal Crown for the Constance Lake First Nation. On Sept. 21, 2012, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) served a formal Notice to Vacate the Premises to Lecours Lumber. The Crown would not permit a lease renewal because Lecours Lumber and Constance Lake First Nation (CLFN) could not agree on terms.

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Grand County sawmills find regional markets for beetle-kill timber

Sky-Hi Daily News
October 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Colorado’s timber industry has seemingly been in dire straits in recent years. …Yet three determined sawmill owners in Grand County have managed to remain successful by finding regional markets for beetle-kill and other local timber. … “These guys are actually processing high volumes of wood harvested from beetle-kill areas,” said Ryan McNertney, forester for the CSFS Granby District. “This is wood that many people incorrectly assume is of low quality, but these mills have managed to find ways to process and market it effectively.”

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CEO talks logging, forest products and the Upper Peninsula (with video)

UpperMichigansSource.com
October 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MARQUETTE — Donna Harman, the CEO of the American Forest and Paper Association, was in Marquette to talk about the economic impact of logging and the production of forest products in the Upper Peninsula. She says the logging industry is increasing because of the growth of companies like Verso Paper Corporation. As a leading producer of paper in the U.P., she also says a strong, vibrant economy is what is needed for the growth of timber and forest products. Harman pointed out that the industry has faced challenges.

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Minister reveals secret sawmill deal

ABC News, Australia
October 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

It has been revealed taxpayers own the Southwood sawmill in the Huon Valley. The Deputy Premier, Bryan Green, has admitted he was only made aware of Forestry Tasmania buying the mill from Gunns after the transaction was made. The revelation came during questioning from the Greens’ deputy leader, Tim Morris, who asked how Forestry Tasmania had come to own the sawmill. Mr Green admitted Forestry Tasmania did not consult him about the $3.3 million purchase.

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Timber firm blames politicians for closure

ABC News, Australia
October 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The former head of Tasmanian Timber Engineering blames political bickering for the demise of his business. Twenty-nine people will lose their jobs after administrators failed to find a buyer for the Cambridge-based timber company. Administrator Barry Hamilton says the company must now be wound up. He says all employees have been notified and will get their entitlements, as well as help finding new jobs.

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Gunns fallout continues

ABC News, Australia
October 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Farmers owed money by the failed timber company Gunns have been told winding the company up is a complicated process and they will have to be patient. About 100 farmers attended an information session held in Launceston by the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association. The TFGA said Gunns used to pay about $12 million a year to rent land from farmers for plantations and thousands of dollars was still outstanding. After the meeting many farmers said they felt no better informed.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canada Pledges $105M for Wood Export Promotions

Woodworking Network
October 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, ON – Canada will target $105 million in funding to help its forest sector strengthen its competitiveness and increase its marketing of products abroad, said Joe Oliver, Canada’s minister of natural resources, in a recent report to the House of Commons. “This phase of our support has provided funding for 98 projects in 38 communities across the country and supported more than 14,000 jobs,” Oliver said. Oliver said the forest sector was able to weather the U.S. housing downturn by increasing the value of softwood exports to China by 1,000 percent between 2007 and 2011.

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Forestry

Human intrusion in Alberta forest can help biodiversity, study says

Effect has a breaking point, University of Alberta research shows
CBC News
October 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Building roads, farm fields and other development in the Northern Alberta boreal forest can encourage a wider variety of plants to grow — but there’s a breaking point, University of Alberta researchers say. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, found that the more human intrusions on the land, the greater diversity of plant species there. …”Our research findings mean that the variety of plant life in the boreal forest can tolerate farms, forestry, even oil and gas extraction, but only in moderation,” Mayor said in statement.

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Is logging really worth the substantial loss?

Alberni Valley Times
October 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…In light of that on a mountain, lately I wonder if more women were in politics how things might have played out different when the Timber Forest Licence was changed years ago. For it is with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes as I go for walks in my backyard that is drastically changing due to the logging by Island Timberlands. What is the cost? For what real person, or gain? Is the money that we actually see and keep here in the end actually worth the loss? What about damage done to other ecosystems?

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Gunns administrators advertise for responsible entity

ABC News, Australia
October 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Administrators of failed forestry company Gunns, are advertising for a business to take on the plantations as ‘responsible entity’. Ads were placed in yesterday’s financial press for a company to take over the routine administration of Gunns’ investments. Launceston-based chartered accountant, Bob Ruddick has been involved in the Tasmanian timber industry for over 30 years, is a close observer of the current forestry inter-governmental agreement process, and the implications of Gunns’ demise for farmers and the timber industry.

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Logging bill a warning on NGOs

Straight Furrow
October 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A BILL is making its way through parliament that has serious implications for farmers and other land owners who wish to harvest timber on their properties. It also shows how much power the environmental NGOs have acquired and why negotiating with them over ‘sustainability’ is so dangerous. …The impact of the bill falls mainly on saw millers and importers who must demonstrate that domestic logs and the timber in imported products containing wood were legally harvested. There is no presumption of innocence: in the Due Diligence regulations, the onus is on millers and importers to prove legality

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Spotlight falls on forestry issues ABC NewsAustralian Broadcasting …

ABC News, Australia
October 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The issue of deforestation will go under the spotlight at a national conference in Gympie in south-east Queensland this week. About 150 timber industry delegates from across Australia will examine key issues, including providing continued forest access for private growers. Australian Forest Growers chief executive officer Warwick Ragg says the participants have already heard from national and international speakers.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Colorado: Feds guarantee $40 million loan for Gypsum wood biomass power plant

New facility would generate enough power for 10,000 homes
Summit County Voice
October 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — After years of talk, some of the high country’s hyper-abundant beetle-killed trees may yet be converted to energy after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $40 million loan guarantee to finance construction of biomass generating plant in Gypsum. Various agencies and officials have long been talking up the idea of using wood from beetle-kill clear cuts and ongoing forest treatments for energy production, but those plans haven’t moved past the discussion stage.

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Forests or Agriculture: not necessarily an ‘all or nothing’ trade-off

Forests Blog, CIFOR
October 16, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

BOGOR, Indonesia Making informed decisions on how to reduce carbon emissions from forestry and agriculture requires some solid knowledge about potential tradeoffs between development and conservation objectives: what you manage to win through avoided deforestation or reduced cropping emissions has to be weighed against possible farm income losses when first-best farming strategies have to be sacrificed. Forest conservation climate mitigation strategies typically involve creating areas where trees are protected. Activities in these areas, such as crop expansion or logging, are restricted or prohibited, so trees are left standing.

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