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Daily Archives: October 18, 2012

Business & Politics

Canadian Pine Beetle Impact On U.S. Timber Prices: a Wall Street Transcript Interview with Joshua Barber of Stifel Nicolaus & Company

Wall Street Transcript
October 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

…The supply/demand there, longer term, I think is very good, not so much from the perspective of U.S. home construction, but the supply of timber itself is going to be very impacted in the next three to four years from diminished Canadian supply. That’s mostly due to the pine beetle that’s in British Columbia. That’s been an issue there for I’d say the last 11, 12 years. The beetle has become more of an epidemic than anything else. It’s eaten through, literally, a lot of trees there, and really weakened the structural lumber component that you can be pulling out of those trees.

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Chetwynd Mill Closure Has Minimal Initial Impact

HQ Prince George
October 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The mayor of Chetwynd is not too worried about lasting effects of the closure of the nearby Tembec pulp mill. The company indefinitely shutdown the mill in mid-September with no plans to re-start anytime soon. But Merlin Nichols says it appears most of the mill workers are fine, although it is still too early to say how deep the closure’s effects may be.

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Major producers to set sawmill dust safety standard

Gordon Hoekstra – Audits will be carried out by independent third parties
Vancouver Sun
October 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Major forest companies are creating a third party-certified dust audit to increase safety at their sawmills in British Columbia after two fatal explosions earlier this year. The audit standard will be similar to those already in use by the B.C. forest industry to certify forest management practices as sustainable. The audits would be voluntary and have no force under provincial laws. …“There was a very sincere determination on the part of these 10 companies to try to create a working environment that, at least insofar as sawmill dust is concerned, is as safe as it possibly could be,” said Ken Higginbotham, a spokesman for the group and a former Canfor executive.

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Crofton hirings significant amid restructuring

Cowichan News Leader
October 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lost in the shuffle of Catalyst Paper’s restructuring is the fact the Crofton division has hired 70 new employees this year — 18 staff, 17 tradespeople and 35 more in operations. Sixty of those are replacing departing workers, or positions that remained vacant as the company struggled to remain viable. But 10 of those positions are new. “The last five years with the consolidation of the industry and Catalyst itself, we’ve hired virtually no one,’’ said Robert Belanger, general manager of Catalyst’s Crofton division.

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City to unveil air plan; exceeds new national standards

‘We know we have bad days at times but those are beyond our control’
Kamloops Daily News
October 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The city of Kamloops will unveil a draft of a new air-shed management plan this month — standards expected to exceed a new national plan. …The agreement also sets baseline limits on industrial users. While some industries have yet to be regulated, Lake said cement and pulp companies have signed on. Those two — Domtar pulp and Lafarge cement in Kamloops — are the largest single-point pollution emitters in this air shed. Domtar has spent millions to reduce its emissions, which are well below provincial standards.

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Mill charged

TB Newswatch
October 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

TERRACE BAY — Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has laid charges against the Terrace Bay Pulp Inc., a result of the fatal explosion that took place at the facility a year ago. One person died and several others were injured as a result of the October, 2011 explosion that emotionally rocked the Northern Ontario town. On Wednesday, officials with the Ministry of Labour confirmed that charges had been laid against Terrace Bay Pulp Inc., Venshore Mechanical Ltd. and two unnamed supervisors are facing multiple charges in the aftermath of last Halloween’s fatal explosion at the since sold mill.

Charges laid in fatal explosion from the Chronicle Journal

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Lecours Lumber Fails to Renew Land Lease in Constance Lake

Nation Talk
October 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After seven years of negotiations, the Lecours Lumber Company Ltd. has refused to renew their lease with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada on the reserve lands of Constance Lake First Nation. …The First Nation demonstrated its commitment to a renewed lease through allowing the negotiations to carry on this long without a lease. Unfortunately after endless efforts and encouragement by the First Nation, Lecours has ultimately refused to agree to terms on a renewed lease.

Lecours has no lease with Constance Lake First Nation from CBC News

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Lecours Employee Protest Tomorrow in Hearst

Moose FM
October 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Highway 11 west of Hearst will be closed to traffic tomorrow afternoon between 1:00 and 3:00 as employees and contractors of Lecours Lumber protest. They are protesting the potential closure of the sawmill because no agreement has been made with Constance Lake First Nation and Lecours Lumber on a new lease agreement. Timmins-James Bay MPP Gilles Bisson says the company has received notice of eviction if no agreement could be worked out.

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Lumber Mills Trail Rebound in U.S. as Beetles Bite

Bloomberg
October 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

North American lumber mills are operating at the fastest pace in four years as U.S. home building rebounds, just as the worst beetle infestation on record curbs supply. About 52.5 billion board feet, the standard industry measure, will be sawed this year, 5.4 percent more than in 2011 and the most since 2008, CIBC World Markets estimates. Lumber traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange may rally 11 percent to $350 per 1,000 board feet by March, the highest since 2006, said Paul Jannke, an analyst at Forest Economic Advisors LLC, a Westford, Massachusetts-based industry consultant.

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Boise Inc. halts operations in St. Helens

Portland Tribune
October 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Boise Inc. officials late Tuesday afternoon said they intend to shut down operations at the St. Helens pulp and paper mill by the end of the year, effectively ending all Boise Inc. operations there and resulting in the layoff of 106 employees. …Blanchard said Boise Inc.’s production at the St. Helens mill has been challenging since November 2009, when four machines were permanently shuttered and 300 employees were laid off.

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Harvard betting on timber for endowment

Mother Nature Network (blog)
October 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics, Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Harvard University endowment fund lost $10 billion in 2009. Unable to dump toxic investments, the university was left with the challenge of finding new ways to recoup this 27 percent portfolio loss. Part of the solution to this challenge lies deep within Brazil in the form of pine and eucalyptus trees. Yes, trees. The Harvard University endowment fund doesn’t just invest in timber; fund staffers actively manage the investments.

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Latvian forestry exports increase in January-August 2012

KMS Baltics
October 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The performance of the Latvian forestry export sector has experienced a year-over-year improvement, according to new official figures. Data from the Latvian agriculture ministry’s forest department has been highlighted by LETA/Nozare.lv showing that the nation’s overseas forestry sales came to LVL 817.2 million (£952.85 million) between January and August this year. This was up by 5.5 per cent compared to the corresponding eight-month period of 2011, with Sweden accounting for the largest proportion of this total at LVL 108.38 million, or 13.3 per cent, reports Baltic Course.

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Forest sector’s outlook for 2013 slightly better

Finnish Forest Assocation
October 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Finnish forest researchers are cautiously optimistic that after the slump year 2012, 2013 can be a more positive one for both wood processing industry and forestry. Paper production will drop by nine percent from 2011 to 2012. Demand for sawn timber continues to decrease this year. Rroundwood prices for softwood will decrease by 5– 6 percent compared to 2011. The overall profitability of the wood processing industry as well as private forestry will decrease this year, predicts the Finnish Forest Research Institute Metla in its Economic Outlook report published today.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Timber is Ideal for Green Building, Says BSLC Executive Director

AZoBuild
October 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Wood has been used as a building material for thousands of years, but when it comes to urban construction, American cities are predominantly steel and concrete. A new design competition, organized by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC), and Parsons The New School for Design seeks to change that mindset. …Innovations in wood technologies are offering new opportunities for large-scale construction in this sustainable material. From long-span laminated beams to cross-laminated timber panels, wood has proven to be a safe and durable for urban settings.

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Weyerhaeuser Products Limited Relocates To Ireland

Build.ie
October 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Weyerhaeuser Products Limited, the European sales arm for Weyerhaeuser’s South American wood products, has relocated its operations from Brussels, Belgium to Dublin, Ireland, in a move designed to strengthen the company’s ability to provide sales and marketing support to its Lumin and Lyptus customers throughout Europe. Headed up by John Guerin, Weyerhaeuser Products Limited will be based in Dublin with all sales administration, marketing operations and customer service being coordinated from the new site.

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Forestry

Montana’s ardous fire season coming to a close

KPAX-TV
October 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

>HELENA- It’s finally coming to end after burning over a million acres and costing millions of dollars. Montana’s fire season will officially pass into the history books at midnight on Wednesday, after state officials signed a proclamation that effectively ending the Treasure State’s wildfire season and rescinding fire restrictions for state and private classified forest lands across the state. Fire officials note that there are still fire restrictions for parts of the state, and local government officials may choose to keep those in place a while longer, according to a news release.

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Wisconsin tribe has much to teach us

by Ray Travers
Victoria Times Colonist
October 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The editorial correctly observes that B.C.’s public forests must be managed for the future. The Menominee native Americans in Wisconsin are an excellent example of people doing this. In 1854, they were confined to their current reservation of 235,000 acres. To survive off the limited land base, the tribe decided it must manage its forest for future generations. The rate of logging must never exceed the forest’s ability to replace itself.  Today there is more standing timber (1.9 billion board feet) on the Menominee Forest than when they started (estimated 1.2 billion board feet) in 1854. During the same period, more than 2.25 billion board feet have been cut. The initial volume has been logged twice.

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Castle logging stopped

FFWD
October 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A clearcut logging project in the Castle-Crown Wilderness Area west of Pincher Creek has been halted by the provincial government. …News of the stoppage came as a surprise to conservation groups that oppose logging in the Castle, especially since on January 21, Premier Alison Redford told a news conference in Lethbridge the project was sound, approved, and there was no reason to stop it. An August meeting between Environment Minister Diana McQueen and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) to discuss the status of the Castle-Crown was also inconclusive.

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B.C. gov’t professionals protest cuts

‘These professionals perform important roles necessary to the well-being and safety of British Columbians’
Kamloops Daily News
October 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Saying issues of public safety far outweigh any pay increase, the Professional Employees’ Association sits down with the province today as contract talks begin anew. …”We want to identify that we are here, that we are important, and that we are professionals working for the government,” said Kathy Danchuk, a forester with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources. …Since taking power a decade ago, the B.C. Liberals have reduced the number of licensed professional by 26 per cent. Danchuk said 10 per cent of their numbers were slashed during the last two years.

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Forest Practices Board annual report details accomplishments

BC Forest Practices Board
October 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA –The Forest Practices Board’s annual report, reviewing the board’s accomplishments and key findings from April 2011 to March 2012, was released today, and it illustrates the Board’s efforts to look at a range of different resource developments affecting public forest land. “Last year we audited some non-typical forestry operations to see if the generally good compliance we have found in the forest sector extended to other industries as well,” said Al Gorley, board chair.

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Helena forest reviewing possible changes to elk security standards

Billings Gazette
October 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA — The Lincoln and Helena ranger districts on the Helena National Forest are considering changing their methods for assessing elk hiding cover after losing logging lawsuits that alleged the federal agency wasn’t in compliance with its own standards. While those lawsuits did have an impact on the Forest Service discussion, evolving conditions on the ground — wildfires, the mountain pine beetle epidemic, private land ownership and road densities — also contributed to the need for changes in measuring just how secure elk are on the landscape, especially during hunting season, according to Lincoln District Ranger Amber Kamps.

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Forest cuts back cutters’ permit purchase window

Wallowa County Cheiftain
October 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

USFS personnel won’t say why commercial operators face tighter restriction Although woodcutting rules for residential and commercial woodcutters are similar in most respects, the fact that residential cutters can buy permits Monday through Friday at any Ranger station – and commercial cutters cannot – bothers two local commercial cutters. Neither Ed Sparks nor Ron Thies, two prominent woodcutters here, is enamored with a new Forest Service regulation that again prohibits local commercial cutters from buying wood permits any time other than Thursdays at the USFS office in Joseph.

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Ravalli Co. commissioners deal with controversial land use policy (& video)

KPAX-TV
October 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON- Opponents of a proposed Ravalli County Natural Resource Policy ask county commissioners to “take a step back” to consider other viewpoints before approving the controversial document. The Bitterroot Natural Resource Recovery Committee has been working on, and promoting, the policy spurred by issues like massive fires that hit the Bitterroot National Forest and wolf management since May of 2011. Now a smaller group is presenting their own proposal. The group told commissioners this week their version places more emphasis on non-consumptive management of forest, water and wildlife, instead of the extraction of natural resources.

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Report: State Should Take Over Tongass Timber Land

Alaska Public Radio Network
October 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Parnell administration wants to put 2 million acres of the Tongass National Forest into a state-managed logging trust. It’s one of several recommendations released yesterday by the governor’s Timber Jobs Task Force. It’s one of the recommendations released Tuesday by the governor’s Timber Jobs Task Force. “These lands would be for economic development and would support a timber industry in Southeast Alaska,” says State Forester Chris Maisch, who chairs the task force.

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Harvard betting on timber for endowment

Mother Nature Network (blog)
October 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics, Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Harvard University endowment fund lost $10 billion in 2009. Unable to dump toxic investments, the university was left with the challenge of finding new ways to recoup this 27 percent portfolio loss. Part of the solution to this challenge lies deep within Brazil in the form of pine and eucalyptus trees. Yes, trees. The Harvard University endowment fund doesn’t just invest in timber; fund staffers actively manage the investments.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass meet in Sequim draws a crowd of protesters

Peninsula Daily News
October 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

SEQUIM — A plan to place four temporary air-quality monitors in Port Angeles and Sequim in 2013 and monitors in Port Townsend in 2014 doesn’t go far enough, according to many at a packed Olympic Region Clean Air Agency board meeting in Sequim. Many among the more than two dozen Port Angeles, Sequim and Port Townsend residents who gave maximum-three-minute comments at the meeting Monday night were concerned about biomass expansion projects under construction in Port Angeles and Port Townsend.

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