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Daily Archives: October 19, 2012

Business & Politics

Fortress Paper Announces Appointment of Director

from Fortress Paper
Marketwire press release
October 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA— Fortress Paper Ltd. is pleased to announce today the appointment of Joe Nemeth to the Board of Directors of the Company. Mr. Nemeth has over 25 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry. Most recently, Mr. Nemeth held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Canfor Pulp Holding Inc., the general partner of Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership, having previously served as Vice-President, Sales and Marketing.

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Woodlot owners stumped by paper mill prices

Cape Breton Post
October 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

SYDNEY — Private woodlot owners in Cape Breton say the new owners of a paper mill don’t want to pay fair prices for wood. …Pacific West, headed by Ron Stern, has said its objective is to make Port Hawkesbury Paper the highest-quality and most competitive producer of supercalendered paper in North America. But woodlot owners like McCarthy contend such an achievement will result in their members being denied a fair price for their product.

Woodlot owners say CB mill prices too low to survive from CBC News

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Eviction notice from band ‘unexpected,’ mill manager says

Faced with moving its mill, Lecours Lumber officials hopeful to mediate a deal with Constance Lake First Nation
CBC News
October 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

…“We did not anticipate getting an eviction notice,” he said. “We were hoping that we would get into mediation to iron out the impasses.” The Chief of Constance Lake said the band has tried to re-negotiate the lease for years, but issues such as future employment for band members and environmental impacts have stood in the way and prompted the eviction notice. But Fournier countered that negotiations have broken off because the First Nation wants more control over the family-owned company. “That is not acceptable,” he said. “We are not a publicly traded company … for Lecours Lumber — or at least the owners — that is not acceptable.”

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US lumber imports on the rise

International Forest Industries
October 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The US imported much more timber in July. There was a 21% increase in imports from June to July. The largest increase came from an influx of lumber from Canada, where a large portion of US imports come from. The US imported 56% more lumber from Chile, while New Zealand supply fell behind Chile’s, falling 13% from June to July. There were also increases in softwood moulding imports from South and Central America.

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U.S. housing starts surge to fastest pace since 2008

Reuters
October 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Groundbreaking on new U.S. homes surged in September to its fastest pace in more than four years, a sign the housing sector’s budding recovery is gaining traction and supporting the wider economic recovery. Housing starts increased 15 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000 units, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday. That was the quickest pace since July 2008, though data on starts is volatile and subject to substantial revisions.

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Walker Recognizes State’s Forest Products Industry

Wisconsin Ag Connection
October 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Governor Scott Walker took the opportunity to praise those who work in the state’s forest product sector during National Forest Products Week. In a statement, the governor credited the public, private landowners and businesses for creating jobs and fuelling the nation’s top wood products industry. “It is no surprise to me why Wisconsin’s wood products industry is the nation’s leader,” Walker said.

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Gunns receivers sell sawmills

ABC News, Australia
October 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Two Gunns sawmills in Tasmania and South Australia are being put up for sale by the company’s receivers. …Receivers are planning to put a South Australian sawmill on the market. The sale of another timber treatment plant near Mount Gambier is expected to be finalised on Friday.The Bell Bay sawmill in northern Tasmania employs about 150 people and will be advertised nationally and internationally.

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Gunns mills on the market

Tasmania Mercury
October 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

RECEIVERS of collapsed timber company Gunns Limited will advertise nationally and internationally for buyers of two timber mills.KordaMentha spokesman Michael Smith said the Tarpeena and Bell Bay softwood sawmills would be advertised in the Wall Street Journal, New Zealand Herald and Toronto Globe and Mail. The two mills have a throughput of about 750,000 cubic metres a year and about 300 employees. Mr Smith said there had been very strong interest in the two assets.

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Kalangadoo timber plant sold

ABC News, Australia
October 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Receivers for the failed Tasmanian timber company Gunns have sold its Kalangadoo timber treatment plant in South Australia. Contracts were exchanged on Tuesday and the sale will be finalised today for an undisclosed amount. A spokesman for the receiver KordaMentha, Michael Smith, says it is a good result. “That’s the first asset sale from the receivership which is now three weeks old,” he said.

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International interest for WoodEXPO 2013

International Forest Industries
October 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Planning for WoodEXPO 2013 this last month has really stepped up a gear. Australasia’s first ever dedicated show for sawmilling, panels and wood manufacturing operations is already attracting keen international interest. Running in September 2013, this new event builds on the very successful series of independent technology programmes run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association over the past 13 years

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

No More ‘Soulless’ Glass Facades in Timber Architecture Boom

Architecture Source
October 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Canadian cities, and in fact most major cities around the world, have been criticized of late for lacking soul. The modern, glass-clad aesthetic of many a modern structure, skyscraper or otherwise, has come under fire recently by more than one major architect, with Frank Gehry and Lawrence Nield leading the charge against ‘zombie buildings’ which lack cohesion, soul or substance. Now, timber architecture is stepping in to fill that void. …The specifically engineered timber is not only fire safe, given the fact that it chars rather than combusting, but it is also highly environmentally responsible, with all of the timber to be locally sourced and renewable.

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Building code Bill 52 to allow six-story wood construction nixed with prorogation

Ottawa Sun
October 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Bill 52 is now dead wood. Changes to Ontario’s Building Code to allow six-storey wood construction — instead of the current four-storeys — were being considered at Queen’s Park, via private members’ bills wanting to create demand for lumber. The province was close to finalizing the Forestry Industry Revitalization Act, brought forward by Nipissing MPP Victor Fedeli, until the Legislature was prorogued by Lt.-Gov. David Onley earlier this week. Now, “I have to start the entire process all over,” said Fedeli, a Conservative.

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Sizing up the race to the skyline

Journal of Commerce
October 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

There is an excitement building in the U.K., Austria, Australia, B.C. and other regions. Myths are being dispelled and popular wisdom is being rewritten. The era of the wood skyscraper is dawning. In Hackney, Dornbirn, Melbourne and other progressive centres, there are already eight, nine and 10-storey wood buildings. Many more are on drawing boards of designers around the world. These projects are part of an exciting international trend that must not be missed. …The groups responsible for all four of these projects have been scouting B.C. as the place to build even higher. We have the knowledge, the fibre, the latest materials and, more importantly, the attitude to make things happen.

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Forestry

Coffee with: The green bean

South Delta Leader
October 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The terms organic and fair trade have become synonymous with good, independent coffee houses in recent years. The green movement has ensured people think twice about not only where their coffee comes from, but the farmers who grow it. For the owners of Tsawwassen’s new Wood N Frog Coffee Company on 12th Ave., Sandy McKellar and Kelly McCloskey, they take that message seriously. “Coffee’s a crop,” says Sandy. “You need to understand the soil and the ecology of it.

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New generation of foresters stresses sustainability over timber supply

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
October 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

After graduating as a forest engineer in his native Spain and then finding work last summer by fighting the worst wildfires in a decade, Carlos Molina decided it was time to take his education to the next level. ..He decided to make the trip to B.C. to enrol in a new master’s degree program on sustainable forest management being offered at the UBC Faculty of Forestry, where the whole focus is on finding that better way. … The mandate is to bring together students from diverse disciplines and countries and deliver a hands-on immersion in managing the long-term health of forest landscapes so they can continue to provide environmental, economic and social benefits.

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Letter from Steve Thomson: Beyond the Beetle: An action plan for healthy forests

By Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

VICTORIA – With the release of ‘Beyond the Beetle: A Mid-Term Timber Supply Action Plan’, we have outlined a clear strategy to help our forests recover from the damage done by the mountain pine beetle infestation. Unfortunately the release of the action plan has led to the spread of misinformation and it’s important for your readers to know the facts. Government is not advocating logging in reserves. Reserves have been set up to manage crucial wildlife habitat, biodiversity, viewscapes and old growth forests. Those reserves are important and need to be kept.

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BC streamlines community forest process

Successful pilot in Powell River leads to province-wide implementation
The Powell River Peak
October 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC’s government has introduced a single cutting permit procedure for community forests throughout the province. The pilot for the streamlined permit process occurred in the Powell River Community Forest Ltd. tenure. …Chris Laing is the owner of Results Based Forest Management Ltd., the company which has the contract to manage Powell River’s community forest. He said the new process is designed for smaller operators, such as woodlots and community forests. “The purpose is to streamline paperwork, reduce approval timelines and process for both licensees and government and provide more flexibility,” he said.

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Couple opens ‘unique and fun’ coffee shop in Tsawwassen

Delta Optimist
October 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There’s a new place to get a cup of joe in Tsawwassen. Co-owners Kelly McCloskey and Sandy McKellar opened The Wood N Frog Coffee Company last Wednesday. …Wood N Frog, which is committed to bringing in unique coffees that have proven themselves on the world stage, uses a Roastaire roaster that can produce 30 pounds of freshly roasted beans per hour with near-zero emission technology Patrons can also grab a bite to eat at Wood N Frog, including salads, soups (two choices daily), cold and hot sandwiches (made to order), baked goods, sweet treats and as winter gets closer, stews and gourmet mac and cheese style hearty dishes.

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Protected areas debate starts in Fredericton

122,000 hectares of Crown land will be designated as Protected Natural Areas
CBC News
October 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Department of Natural Resources heard from 60 people in Fredericton on Tuesday night about a proposal to increase protection for wilderness areas in the province. Over the next week, the Department of Natural Resources will be holding open houses in Edmundston, Bathurst, Blackville and Richibucto to display maps of locations being considered for permanent bans on tree harvesting or development and to get public input. The department has identified 190 candidate sites, totalling 143,000 hectares.

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Budget cuts to impact forest-thinning projects

Ruidoso News
October 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Future tree reduction projects under the U.S. Forest Service will require partners because of federal budget cuts, says the Smokey Bear District ranger. Dave Warnack told Lincoln County commissioners Tuesday that on his district and nationwide, the Forest Service received a substantial funding hit. “Frankly right now, we have money to pay for our people and vehicles. Any work we continue to do on hazardous fuels, we are going to need to partner,” he said. “I think we have a strong Collaborative Forest Restoration Program proposal forming right now to do the on-the-ground work in the Perk-Grindstone area.

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Keyboardist Chuck Leavell works to save American chestnut trees

Atlanta Journal Constitution
October 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Chuck Leavell is one of the world’s greatest keyboardists, performing with superstar groups such as the Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton and his own group, Sea Level. But when I visited him the other day at his Charlane Plantation near Macon, the talk was all about American chestnut trees. Leavell, an ardent conservationist, tree hugger and co-founder of Mother Nature Network (mnn.com), is nurturing four chestnuts planted last year on Charlane. The plantings are part of a major effort to develop an American chestnut resistant to the devastating blight that nearly wiped out the species during the last century — and then restore the tree to forests where it once played a dominant ecological role.

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Brazil president makes final changes to forestry law

AFP
October 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BRASILIA — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has vetoed nine articles of a new forestry code approved by Congress that environmentalists said would lead to further deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said the vetoes dealt with the most radical aspects of the measure introduced by the pro-agribusiness bloc in Congress, and were meant to prevent any incentive to more deforestation or an amnesty for those responsible for illegal logging. “No to amnesty, no to encouragement of illegal logging,” she noted.

Brazilian President Vetoes Amnesty for Illegal Logging from the Environmental News Service

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Mayors condemn forests sale deal

ABC News, Australia
October 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Wattle Range mayor agrees with MP Rob Brokenshire that the price paid for south-east forestry assets was too low. The South Australian Government said it had now reached financial close on its deal with a consortium led by The Campbell Group, trading as OneFortyOne Plantations. The price was revealed as $670 million, but Mr Brokenshire said it ignored the land value of a forestry asset which had now been sold for the next century. Mayor Peter Gandolfi said the sale proceeds would go to major projects in Adelaide, not roads and hospitals as the SA Government was claiming.

Forest harvest rights sold for $670m from the ABC News, Australia

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Managing harvesting operations in real time? -Irish forestry technology start-up Treemetrics.

International Forest Industries
October 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Over the last couple of years, the pressure’s been on to squeeze as much out of each segment – and across the entire wood supply chain – from harvest operations through to market. …In Europe, the European Space Agency (ESA) is supporting a pioneering 3D forestry data initiative being led by Irish forestry technology start-up Treemetrics. The company’s been developing a real time forest intelligence (RTFI) service, with the goal of bringing live 3D forestry data to mobile devices and machinery across the globe.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Develop a low-carbon economy or wither says National Round Table

Canadian Press
October 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada


OTTAWA – Low-carbon goods and services are the way of the future, and Canada had better embrace that fact or expect to lose its competitive edge, says the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. The federal advisory body lost its $5.2 million in annual funding in the last budget, and is using its very last breath to design a national environment-and-energy framework that would position Canada to become a global player in the burgeoning low-carbon economy. “The future is low carbon. Economies the world over are making the transition,” its final report states.

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USDA loan guarantees support 3 biomass power plants

Biomass Magazine
October 17, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The USDA announced loan guarantees to support three biomass power plants in mid-October. The funding, which was awarded by USDA’s Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service, aims to help electric utilities upgrade, expand, maintain and replace rural America’s energy infrastructure. The agency also funds renewable energy and energy conservation projects. Under this round of funding, biomass projects in Colorado, Hawaii and Texas/Louisiana have received loan guarantees, subject to the recipient meeting the terms of the loan agreement.

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Forestry plan may be canned

Timaru Herald
October 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A carbon farming company’s plans to establish plantation forest on thousands of hectares in the Hunter Hills may not proceed. In April, Environment Canterbury granted a consent allowing New Zealand Land Leasing Ltd to plant 4230 hectares of radiata pine and douglas fir on Kaiwarua Station. But a representative of a Christchurch-based company contracted to manage the plantation said this week it was unclear whether the project would go ahead. Evan MacClure, director at Forest Management Ltd, said planting Kaiwarua had not yet started and it was possible the property would not be planted but sold instead.

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General

Thinning project removing beetle-killed trees from Lost Trail ski area

Helena Independent Record
October 18, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

LOST TRAIL — Scott Grasser has seen it coming for years now. The steady march of red pine trees on the mountainsides around Salmon, Idaho, and in the Big Hole that announced the arrival of the mountain pine beetle. In the past few ski seasons at Lost Trail Powder Mountain, the area’s co-owner heard skiers voice their concerns about all the red trees that were showing up between the runs. …And so Wednesday, Grasser was all smiles as he accompanied a tour of the ongoing thinning project on about 250 acres at the ski area.

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