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Daily Archives: October 23, 2012

Business & Politics

Arcand takes top Chamber award

Prince George Citizen
October 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Prince George Chamber of Commerce rolled out the red carpet for its members Saturday night and busy businesswoman MaryAnne Arcand was crowned queen of the crop. Arcand – whose extensive resume currently includes being executive director of the Central Interior Logging Association, president of the Rotary Club of Prince George and director of boards for the Trucking Safety Council of BC and BC Small Business Roundtable – was awarded Businessperson of the Year at the Chamber’s annual Business Excellence Awards.

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Canfor posts third-quarter loss

Canadian Press
October 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. has reported a net third-quarter loss of $4.6-million, or $0.06 per share.  That compared to net income of $3.3-million, or $0.05 per share, for the second quarter of this year and $23.9-million, or $0.33 per share, for the third quarter of 2011. …Lower shipments, restructuring costs and one-time costs associated with new five-year collective labour agreements were also contributing factors.

Canfor Pulp Records Third Quarter Loss from 250 News

Click here for press release from Canfor Pulp Products

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Mill to see two-week shutdown

Fort Frances Times
October 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products has confirmed there will be a two-week shutdown at the local mill starting Sunday (Oct. 28).  “Due to challenging market conditions, both paper production and kraft pulp production at the Fort Frances mill will be temporarily down from Oct. 28 until Nov. 11,” company spokesperson Seth Kursman said in an e-mail to the Times yesterday. “This temporary downtime impacts approximately 6,900 metric tons of paper production and approximately 6,000 metric tons of pulp production,” he noted.

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CLFN, Lecours Lumber to continue negotiations

Kapuskasing Times
October 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After a press release last week by Lecours Lumber stating the company would have to close its facilities on the Constance Lake First Nation reserve, news surfaced today of a new agreement to continue negotiations in an attempt to salvage the operation. Following a meeting held this morning in Hearst, Lecours Lumber and Constance Lake First Nation have reached an agreement that will begin to resolve outstanding lease negotiations.

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Remodeling Poised to Take Off

Building-Products.com
October 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Home improvement activity is expected to reach double-digit growth in the first half of 2013, according to a study by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. “After a bump in home improvement activity during the mild winter, there was a bit of a pause this summer,” noted managing director Eric S. Belsky. “However, we’re now projecting an acceleration in market activity beginning this quarter, and strengthening as we move into the new year.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Timber industry to market advantages

Stuff.co.nz
October 23, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The timber industry needed some exemplar buildings that could be easily repeated, speakers said during a seminar on innovative wood solutions for rebuilding Christchurch. The seminar, hosted by the Marlborough Forest Industry Association at the Marlborough Research Centre on Saturday, was looking at ways Marlborough and Nelson wood growers and timber processors could be part of the post-quake Christchurch rebuild. People at the seminar were told of a wide range of innovative products and methods of building with wood, available in Marlborough and Nelson, all which could be used in Christchurch.

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Forestry

Edmonton’s Urban Forest Receives National Honour

City of Edmonton
October 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Efforts to improve the city’s urban tree canopy received national recognition as Edmonton was awarded the Urban Forestry Award at the national Communities in Bloom Awards on October 13, 2012. “It is an absolute honour for Edmonton to win the Communities in Bloom Urban Forestry Award,” said Jeannette Wheeler, Principal of Forestry for the City of Edmonton. “To be recognized nationally and internationally for the planning, research, trials and hard work that we do everyday to maintain a vibrant urban forest is truly overwhelming.”

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SASKATCHEWAN MOVES FORWARD TO REMOVE MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE INFESTATION IN CYPRESS HILLS

Government of Saskatchewan
October 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport is working to protect the Lodgepole Pine Forest in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park so that park visitors can continue to enjoy the unique landscape.  A contract has been awarded to Duncan Henderson Contracting for up to $240,000 over three years to cut, pile and burn Mountain Pine Beetle infested trees in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. Duncan Henderson Contracting is located in British Columbia where they have been managing the massive die off of lodgepole pine due to Pine Beetle infestation over the past few decades.

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Flim explores forest industry

Nature of Things offers examples of how communities made the most of the opportunities in their forests
Alberni Valley Times
October 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Port Alberni is surrounded by forests, but is the community making the most of the opportunities it offers? That was the question Thursday night’s Alberni Valley Transition Towns Society movie raised with the dozen people who were in attendance at Char’s Landing. The group watched an episode of the “Nature of Things” called “Good Wood.” The show followed the successes and failures in forestry around the world over the past 12 years. It offered a number of examples of forestry projects where communities benefit more from the products that come out of the woods than they are harmed.

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Gov. Kitzhaber’s timber panel is on necessary, difficult path

The Oregonian
October 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The 14-member panel appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber to create a proposal for allowing more logging on federal lands in Oregon’s timber-dependent counties has barely started its work. But already the task looks about as daunting as logging those lands with nothing but axes and old-fashioned cross-saws. First, well-known conservationist Andy Kerr declined an invitation to join the panel.

The governor’s timber panel deserves a chance to work, seek common ground from The Oregonian

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: Governor reinforces timber harvest status quo

The Register-Guard
October 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In an Oct. 13 Register-Guard article about the creation of a panel to resolve Oregon’s perceived timber problems, Gov. John Kitzhaber is quoted as saying, “The status quo is unacceptable.” Ironically, in seeking a solution that focuses solely on accelerating federal logging, the governor has narrowly framed a “solution” that maintains the status quo. …To escape big timber’s status quo and seek more equitable ways to bolster local timber supplies, revenue and rural jobs, why not reduce or tax Oregon’s rampant log exports?

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Borer Beetle decimates local trees

Towanda Daily Review
October 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Emerald Ash Borer Beetle has made its first appearance in Central New York, here in Tioga County, according to Diane Carlton, Public Affairs director for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 7. Carlton said the beetle has been moving around, but until recently had only been in western New York and the Catskills.

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Texas A&M forest expert: Forest fertilization can increase production, decrease carbon emissions

AgriLife.org
October 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

COLLEGE STATION – Fertilizing one’s lawn is considered a necessary practice, as is with most agricultural crops. But how many people know about fertilizing a commercial forest, and how that might affect the environment and their investment? Dr. Jason Vogel, assistant professor of forest ecosystem science within the Texas A&M University department of ecosystem science and management, is studying just how much difference fertilization can make to the productivity of the forest and carbon sequestration.

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Forest owners to vote on industry levy

Otago Daily Times
October 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest owners will vote next year in a referendum on whether to introduce an industry-wide levy – payable at harvest time – to be used largely for science and biosecurity research. Proposals for a levy have been mooted for more than a year and consensus has been sought among the more than 10,000 forestry block owners around the country, which range from corporations to investor groups and farmers.

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New report from WBCSD underlines sustainability benefits of using forest products

Pulp and Paper News
October 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) recently released a report highlighting the key role forests and forest products play in finding sustainable solutions in a resource constrained world. The report “Facts and Trends: Forests, forest products, carbon & energy” underlines their necessity for a future low-carbon and bio-based economy, as they can help to reduce society’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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