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Business & Politics

Dwight Yochim New Exec with B.C. Truck Loggers

Today’s Trucking News
October 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VERNON, BC — Dwight Yochim is the new executive director of the British Columbia Truck Loggers Association. He started on September 1 and he replaced Dave Lewis, who retired after five years with the organization. Before joining the Truck Loggers, Yochim was National Director with the U.S. WoodWorks program where he led a dedicated team of engineers, architects and others promoting the virtues of wood.

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Canfor posts $22 million profit in third quarter on improved lumber markets

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

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corporation is reporting it swung back to profitability in the third quarter compared to the same period last year, citing a moderate improvement in lumber markets. The company posted net income of $22.2 million, or 16 cents per share, for the third quarter compared to a net loss of $21.6 million, or 15 cents per share, in the same period last year. Sales revenue for the quarter came in at $684 million compared to $602 million year over year. The Vancouver-based company says lumber markets saw moderate improvement in the third quarter, and it noted improved U.S. housing activity and solid demand in China and Japan.

Click here for press release from Canfor Corporation

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B.C. export growth faces tough global challenges

Business in Vancouver
October 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC faces its first year of declining export volumes in years as uncertainty over the direction of the global economy persists.  …Despite the challenges facing commodities, B.C.’s export declines have been offset by increases in exports of equipment and machinery and in agricultural, chemical and, most notably, forest products. While the pulp sector continues to face challenges, softwood lumber exports have grown 6.5% so far this year. Increasingly positive signs of recovery in the U.S. housing market continue to bolster the sector’s prospects. But the sector continues to face risks in the U.S

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Gov’t seeks $50,000 in wages from Meadow Creek Cedar

Nelson Star
October 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The BC Employment Standards Branch has begun court proceedings against a local forest company to collect nearly $50,000 in unpaid overtime and holiday pay owed to former employees, including six Mexican migrant workers. The branch, which is part of what used to be called the Ministry of Labour, filed a writ of seizure and sale on September 12 in BC Supreme Court, ordering a sheriff to liquidate Meadow Creek Cedar’s assets to pay off its debt. The company has also been fined $1,000 for two breaches of the Employment Standards Act.

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US quizzes Canada at WTO over aid for paper mill

U.S. wants Canada to withdraw payments to paper mill
Reuters
October 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

GENEVA, – Canada found itself lumped together with China and India on Tuesday as a country that the United States suspects of paying illegal subsidies that distort trade, with C$162 million ($163 million) of aid to a Nova Scotia paper mill under scrutiny. The United States, which is determined to bring China to justice at the World Trade Organization over what it claims are illegal subsidies, said Canada should withdraw payments to the Port Hawkesbury paper mill, which competes with U.S. producers.

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NS: Local company signs agreement with Port Hawkesbury mill

Quality hardwood sawlogs harvested by MacDonald Holdings from Port Hawkesbury Paper controlled crown lands will go to the sawmills, while the biomass will be sent to PHP.
Daily Business Buzz
October 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada


[WEST RIVER, NS] — If there is anybody who knows how much of an influence having the Port Hawkesbury Paper mill running again can have on rural businesses throughout the province, it’s Pictou County’s Murray MacDonald. MacDonald, who owns M.R. MacDonald Holdings Ltd., signed a service agreement with the new owners of Port Hawkesbury Paper (formerly NewPage) earlier this week that will see his company working in partnership with the Cape Breton mill to sustain and harvest forests in this area in the most efficient way possible.

Local mill re-signs deal with Port Hawkesbury Paper from The New Glasgow News

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Rayonier: The Best-in-Breed Timber REIT?

ValueWalk
October 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

We published our full, comprehensive research report in which we analyzed and evaluated Rayonier Inc., which was a former subsidiary of the old ITT Corp. We concluded that while Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY) was the biggest Timber REIT, Rayonier Inc.  generates the strongest profit margin of the big four Timber REITs (Rayonier, Weyerhaeuser, Potlatch and Plum Creek).

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Seneca Sawmill ownership shifts within Jones family

Portland Business Journal
October 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West


The Seneca Family of Companies founder has shifted control of the company to his three daughters in a transition more than 30 years in the making. Aaron Jones, who founded the Seneca Sawmill Co. in 1953, has handed control of the company to his daughters Becky, Jody and Kathy — all of whom have worked throughout the company over the past 25 years. …Eugene-based Seneca — with companies that include Seneca Sawmill Co., Seneca Jones Timber Co., Seneca Sustainable Energy and Senca Noti — employs more than 375 and manages more than 165,000 acres of Oregon forestland.

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Union Workers Picket At Sappi Paper Mill

Northland’s NewsCenter
October 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Cloquet, MN – Union workers at the Sappi Paper Mill in Cloquet are making their voices heard. They picketed outside the plant’s gates Tuesday to protest the mill’s proposal to take away retiree benefits. Sappi management has offered a contract that would eliminate various retiree benefits for employees with less than 15 years of service. Contract holders say they want the concessions off the table.

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Lumber Company has fourth fire since 2004 (& video)

Wane.com
October 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

NOBLE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A fire destroyed a building at a Noble County lumber yard early Tuesday morning. Fire crews were called to a fire at Frick Lumber Company just before midnight on Monday. Fire crews spent several hours early Tuesday morning battling a large fire at Frick Lumber Company, Inc. Every fire department in Noble County responded to help fight the fire. A tower truck from Kendallville and three departments from outside the county were also called to help.

Brimfield Lumber Yard Fire from Indiana News Center

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Domestic lumber supply doesn’t cut it

Viet Nam News
October 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

HCM CITY — Timber imports are on the rise in Viet Nam as local supply has not met demand, according to Huynh Van Hanh, deputy chairman of the Handicrafts and Wood Industry Association of HCM City (Hawa). In the first nine months of the year, the country spent US$779 million to import 2.36 million cubic metres of timber, mainly from Laos, the US, China, Malaysia, Cameroon, Thailand, New Zealand, Chile, Myanmar and Cambodia, with Laos and the US the two main suppliers.

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Fire-hit timber mill reopening delayed

ABC News, Australia
October 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Auswest Timbers says there has been some delay in getting its timber mill near Manjimup back into operation after it was badly damaged by fire. The Deanmill facility was closed after it was damaged in August. The company’s Pemberton facility, which has taken on most of the mill’s employees while it is rebuilt, has been processing extra timber to keep up with the demand.

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Greens question Forestry appointment

ABC News, Australia
October 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Tasmanian Greens want the State Government to seek legal advice on the reappointment of Forestry Tasmania’s managing director Bob Gordon. Mr Gordon’s contract was due to expire in December but was extended for five years by the board of the state-owned company. …The Greens leader and government minister, Nick McKim, says Mr Gordon has overseen the trashing of Tasmania’s forests and his contract extension is unacceptable.

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Stora Enso examines sale of Corbehem mill, to shut down newsprint PM at Hylte mill

EUWID Pulp and Paper
October 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Against the background of overcapacity and pressure on profits in some of its markets, Stora Enso is launching an extensive restructuring programme to streamline operations and to cut costs. Stora Enso announced that it is starting an extensive restructuring programme including the possibility of selling its Corbehem LWC mill in France and plans to shut down PM 1 for newsprint at its Hylte mill in Sweden.

Forest giant announces profits – and redundancies from YLE.fi

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Forestry Tasmania boss stays on

ABC News, Australia
October 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania has extended its contract with managing director Bob Gordon for another five years. The new contract takes effect from January. A spokeswoman for the state-owned company told the ABC the previous board signed off on the renewal. It comes as the company is set to undergo a major restructure in response to the downturn in the forest industry.

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New study of water issues at mills around the world

Pulp and Paper News
October 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Since water has become an increasingly important strategic issue in the pulp and paper industry, potentially affecting the ability of a large number of the world’s mills to operate at capacity, Fisher International conducted a study of the topic and has published its findings in a study titled “The 2012 Global PPI Water Benchmark Report.” The report is intended to help environmental managers understand how water issues are affecting pulp and paper mills around the world as they benchmark their own positions and evaluate their policies. The study finds that many mills expect that their access to water will be threatened in the next five years.

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Russian log prices defy policy

International Forest Industries
October 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Log costs for Russian sawmills did not fall as the Russian government intended when it implemented a 25 percent log export tariff in 2008. Instead, sawlog prices have increased by 24 percent the past three years and the supply of logs has been tight in 2012, according to a new report by the Wood Resource Quarterly. Domestic log prices in Western Russia did not decline long-term as the Russian government had hoped when Russia increased log export tariffs to 25% in April of 2008.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wayne Gretzky Sport Centre project a showcase for cross-laminated timber

Journal of Commerce
October 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

In what is thought to be the first such installation on a commercial development in Ontario, cross-laminated timber (CLT) is being utilized on a project currently under construction in the city of Brantford. CrossLam panels manufactured by Structurlam Products Ltd. form the roof structure above a pool area in the city-owned Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, which is undergoing a $53 million renovation and expansion. …“This project is a perfect showcase for the structural capabilities of CLT panels, while also highlighting their beauty as an exposed and finished building material. We are proud to be a part of the success of another Canadian company.”

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In US building industry, is it too easy to be green?

USA TODAY
October 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…Across the United States, the Green Building Council has helped thousands of developers win tax breaks and grants, charge higher rents, exceed local building restrictions and get expedited permitting by certifying them as “green” under a system that often rewards minor, low-cost steps that have little or no proven environmental benefit, a USA TODAY analysis has found. …”People have a tendency to buy points — they buy that bike rack even though there’s no value in it,” said Kansas City, Mo., architect Bob Berkebile, who helped create LEED in the 1990s and remains a strong proponent. “It’s unfortunate. That’s just where we are at this time.”

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Forestry

Government urges collaboration among small wood lot licensees

Business in Vancouver
October 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Smaller may not be better after all, at least not in forestry. That appears to be the message the B.C. government is sending with a new plan to encourage small wood lot owners and community forests to co-operate more on a regional scale. The B.C. government is investing $200,000 in a plan to help small tenure holders in the McBride and Barriere areas identify new business opportunities.

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No Single Reason for Moose Population Decline Says Expert

250 News
October 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The moose population in this region is declining. According to B.C.’s Ministry of the Environment, it has dropped by 50% since 2005 in the Prince George region.
…. …In large part, technology has played a role says Child, who presents his factors as follows ( in no particular order):…(a) Salvage logging has resulted in less and less area for the rearing of moose. (b) Child believes that spraying has resulted in the severe reduction of food for these animals. (c) Clear cuts have removed the forage that these animals require.

We have failed the Moose Population from 250 News

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Residents owe legal costs in Douglas fir campaign

Goldstream News Gazette
October 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Even after “Dougy,” Cadboro Bay’s notorious Douglas fir, hit the ground Monday morning, one of its most outspoken advocates couldn’t stop taking photos of the scene. Bob Furber, along with fellow area resident Max Cowper-Smith, will now pay for their failed legal effort to save the ancient, 30-metre tree, which Saanich felled Oct. 22, after on Friday the B.C. Supreme Court approved the municipality’s application to have it removed, based on safety concerns over its level of decay.

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Saskatchewan hires BC firm in battle against pesky mountain pine beetle

Canadian Press
October 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

REGINA – Saskatchewan is trying to stop the spread of the mountain pine beetle by hiring a B.C. company to help cut, pile and burn infested trees in the province’s southwest. Duncan Henderson Contracting will get up to $240,000 over three years to remove infested lodgepole pine in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. The Saskatchewan government says historically, outbreaks have been limited by the cold climate.

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Forest workforce: The future is bright, green and growing

Submitted by Millar Western Forest Products, Alberta Newsprint Company, West Fraser-Blue Ridge Lumber and the Alberta Forest Products Association
Whitecourt Star
October 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Does your mental image of a forest worker come complete with a bushy beard, red-plaid shirt and chain-saw? Rosie Anderson spends much of her day at a computer screen, using high-tech imaging systems to explore the forest – she may not match your first idea, but she’s right at home in the current wave of forest industry workforce expansion. As a Geomatic Engineering Technician for Millar Western’s Whitecourt woodlands operations, says Rosie, “I get involved in all stages of the forest management cycle, from planning through harvesting and replanting.

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A case for old-growth forests

Taking a scientific view of how much to save and exactly where to save trees
Pique Magazine
October 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

About 40 people turned out to the Monday morning session of the Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE) symposium on old-growth forests on Oct. 15, with presenters and audience members running the gamut from loggers to scientists to conservationists. While that once might have sounded like the setup for a loud debate on forestry — like the confrontations over forests at Clayoquot Sound and the Elaho in the late 1990s/early 2000s — the tone has changed to one of mutual respect and accommodation between groups.

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Forester Jere Melo honored with the Francis H. Raymond award …

Ukiah Daily Journal Staff
October 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The late Jere Melo was honored by the California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection this month with its highest award, the “Francis H. Raymond Award for Outstanding Contributions to California Forestry,” recognizing him for his dedication to professional forestry in California. His career in the timber industry spanned 45 years, primarily as the Chief Forester for Georgia-Pacific in Fort Bragg. He then worked as a contractor for Campbell Timberland Management providing property management services on the 170,000 acres of forestland that they oversee in Mendocino County.

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2012 worst fire season on record in Wyoming

Associated Press
October 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— This year’s wildfire season was among the most destructive on record in Wyoming, with as many as 1,400 wildfires charring more than a half-million acres, state forester Bill Crapser said. Normally Wyoming will see 700 to 750 wildfires in a year, and over the last 25 years Wyoming averaged only about 75,000 acres burned a year, meaning this year was about seven times worse than normal in burned acres, Crapser said Tuesday, noting final wildfire figures won’t be known until the end of the year.

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Forest fire rages near Red River

Sangre de Cristo Chronicle
October 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire that started Tuesday (Oct. 23) about five miles north of Red River has grown to 323 acres in size, Carson National Forest reported Wednesday (Oct. 24) morning.  The Midnight Fire was reported on Carson’s Questa Ranger District at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, a report from the Forest Service stated. It is located in the Midnight Meadow area south of Ortiz Peak, the report stated.

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NFF Announces Barrett Foundation Prize Winners

Team from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Takes Top Honors for Market-Based Public Lands Management Business Plan
National Forest Foundation
October 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MISSOULA, Mont. – The National Forest Foundation (NFF) today announced the winners of the Barrett Foundation Prize—an effort to encourage fresh, creative ideas regarding public lands stewardship. The contest challenged teams of university students to create business plans that reflect real opportunities for finding market-based incentives to address forest stewardship challenges on National Forest System lands. A team from Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will receive the $50,000 first-place prize for its business plan titled “The Deschutes Collaborative Conservation Fund—Sustainable Funding for a Restoration-Based Economy.”

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Heart Rot

Monbiot.com
October 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Reading the shocking news about ash die-back, the disease that has now killed most of Denmark’s ash trees and many of those across the rest of northern Europe, I was reminded that when we lose our wildlife we lose some of our stories. . …Other European nations are now begging Britain to ban imports of ash asplings, so that the tree retains an uninfected stronghold. As ever, when faced with a call to impose even the slightest restrictions on business (think of its failure to ban the class of pesticides that are killing the bees), the government has dithered and made excuses, and the fungus is now spreading across the country.

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Committee demands end to wood exploitation

Viet Nam News
October 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

HA NOI – Environmental experts have called for an end to forest wood exploitation in Viet Nam after it emerged that 2012 plans for tree regeneration will fall well short of targets. At a meeting in Ha Noi yesterday, members of the State Steering Committee on Forest Protection and Development Plan 2011 – 2020 were disappointed to hear that forests continue to be abused and only two thirds of the expected regeneration has actually been achieved.

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Efforts stepped up to tackle disease of ash trees

UK Forestry Commission
October 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Plant health authorities across the United Kingdom have stepped up their efforts to tackle a new disease of ash trees. Work to combat Chalara dieback of ash has been under way for some months. The Forestry Commission and the Food & Environment Research Agency (Fera) are now following up cases confirmed in trees in East Anglia which do not appear to be associated with recent plantings of nursery-supplied plants. The UK Government is also preparing to impose restrictions on imports and movements of ash plants and seeds into and within Great Britain.

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IKEA Will Grow More Wood Than It Uses by 2020, Touts Clean Energy …

Treehugger
October 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

IKEA has unveiled a new sustainability strategy, outlining the mega-retailers’ green plans through 2020.  Entitled “People & Planet Positive”, the plan has three main areas supporting the notion, in the words of IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer, “that sustainability should not be a luxury good; it should be affordable for everyone.” …In terms of wood usage, IKEA has pledged to grow as least as much wood as it uses by 2020. By 2017, the amount of certified sustainable wood it uses will increase four-fold from the amount purchased today, meeting half of all its wood usage for the year.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Costa Rica scripts a new chapter in forest carbon finance

Costa Rica Star
October 22, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Thick cloudy skies subdued the sunlight on an autumnal day in Paris. That did not stop the group of representatives from the public and private sector attending the 5th Carbon Fund Meeting of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) from making a decision that is a major milestone. Costa Rica is set to become the first country to access performance-based payments through the FCPF. This is the first time a national program is being supported by carbon funds in this global initiative of 54 countries and organizations, heralding a new phase in forest carbon finance.

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