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Daily Archives: October 25, 2012

Froggy Foibles

Actor Woody Harrelson says Canadian wheat-based paper can start forest industry revolution

Canadian Press\
October 25, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Actor Woody Harrelson has played every character from a gullible bartender to an irascible porn publisher to the drunken hero in The Hunger Games, but in real life he wants to be a paper industry revolutionary who saves forests from chainsaws. Harrelson, on the phone from Atlanta, Ga., where he’s filming the sequel to The Hunger Games and reprising his role as the heavy drinking Haymitch Abernathy, says his support of Manitoba-based Prairie Pulp and Paper Inc., is not an act.

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Business & Politics

Norbord Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Canada Newswire press release
October 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO, – Norbord Inc. today reported EBITDA of $66 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $31 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $12 million in the third quarter of 2011. North American operations generated EBITDA of $58 million in the quarter versus $26 million in the prior quarter and $5 million in the same quarter last year. European operations generated EBITDA of $10 million in the third quarters of 2012 and 2011 versus $9 million in the prior quarter.

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Domtar Q3 net income down sharply, revenue holds steady

Canadian Press
October 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Domtar Corp. handily beat expectations even though the pulp and paper giant reported Thursday a large year-over-year drop in profits on a 1.9 per cent decrease in net sales. The Montreal-based company said net earnings in the three months ended Sept. 30 fell to US$66 million or $1.84 per diluted share from US$117 million or $2.95 per share in the same 2011 period. Reporting in U.S. dollars, sales revenue fell to just under $1.4 billion from $1.42 billion in the same year-earlier period.

Domtar profit drops but still beats forecasts from The Globe and Mail

Click here for press release from Domtar Corporation

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Conifex Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results

Marketwire press release
October 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– – Conifex Timber Inc.today reported a net loss of $3.7 million or $0.19 per share for the third quarter of 2012 compared to a net loss of $2.4 million or $0.13 per share for the second quarter of 2012, and a net loss of $2.2 million or $0.14 per share for the third quarter of 2011.

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All hope not lost for Lecours Lumber

Kapuskasing Times
October 24, 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.
…. “We thought there was a way to move forward. Everyone wants the mill to stay open.”

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Calif. lumber giant settles EEOC lawsuit for $95K

Associated Press
October 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

RED BLUFF, Calif. — A Northern California-based lumber company has agreed to pay $95,000 to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit alleging it allowed co-workers to harass an employee of Egyptian descent. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement with Redding-based Sierra Pacific Industries on Tuesday.

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Jamaica, land of wood and water, imports $3b worth of lumber annually

Jamaica Observer
October 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

JAMAICA is said to import some $3 billion worth of lumber each year, despite the island being known as the ‘land of wood and water’. This has forced at least one local producer of lumber to appeal to more Jamaicans to invest in the planting of lumber trees. …A 2007 Jamaica Promotions Company (JAMPRO) report said that other than the energy wood, very little of the total estimated annual demand for lumber is presently being met locally.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Leading Consumer Group Files Official Comments with USGBC Objecting to LEED’s Forest Certification Monopoly

from American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research
PR Newswire
October 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Leading consumer organization the American Consumer Institute (ACI) Center for Citizen Research, today filed official comments with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). ACI cites key findings of its new report that show marketplace confusion over certification standards. … In their comments ACI urges the USGBC to adopt a more inclusive participation of certification programs, finding that the organization’s current recognition of a single forest certification, the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) standard, is problematic — both in terms of the economic costs and environmental benefits.

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Forestry

Alberta forest yields beetle species discovery for grad student

Edmonton Journal
October 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – In the boreal forest of northwestern Alberta, Charlene Wood set out to study the dead and ended up discovering new life. The University of Alberta master’s student set out for the woods north of Peace River in 2007 and 2008 for a biodiversity study on dead and decayed aspen trees and found seven new species of beetles never documented before and 47 others never found in Alberta. “Dead wood is all about life, perhaps even more than a live tree, which people don’t normally think about,” Wood said from her home in Victoria Wednesday.

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Forest preservation group gets extra 30 days

Langley Times
October 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Watchers of Langley Forests (WOLF) have been given a 30-day extension by Langley Township council to come up with $3 million. Originally given a Nov. 17 deadline, WOLF members now have until Dec. 17 to amass the necessary funds to buy taxpayer-owned land in Glen Valley. WOLF is comprised of Township residents who oppose the Township’s plan to sell what they consider are ecologically significant forests and wetlands. Before WOLF was formed, residents persuaded council not to sell 21 acres of Township-owned forest in Glen Valley on 84 Avenue, between 252 and 254 Streets.

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City cashes in on community forest

Port Alberni receives first payment of $50,000 from project following one year of harvesting
Alberni Valley Times
October 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West


After three years of existence and one year of harvesting, the Alberni Valley Community Forest has started repaying funding provided by the city. During Monday’s regular council meeting, Alberni Valley Community Forest chair Jim Sears, along with board of directors member Chris Duncan and forest manager Shawn Flynn, was on hand to present council a $50,000 cheque. The community forest is a timber and non-timber forest resource corporation that was founded in 2009. It has an annual allowable cut of 18,000 cubic metres per year on tenures located in the Sproat Lake area.

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Park service blasted over Reading Fire management

Record-Searchlight
October 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…“By letting the Reading Fire burn, the financial impact to the businesses that surround the park is dramatic,” Parker said, noting that her business was down 47 percent for August. The fire was started by lightning on July 23. Until early August, park officials monitored the fire to let it burn understory and help thin out the forest, but on Aug. 6, the wind picked up and the fire raced out of control. … But many of the other fire officials invited to speak disagreed, noting that the fire danger in July was high and the forest was dried out.

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Timber task force seeks 2M U.S. acres

Juneau Empire
October 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A recent report by the governor-appointed Alaska Timber Jobs Task Force calls for the construction of more logging roads, the expansion and extension of state forests and the transfer of 2 million acres from federal to state hands. The report was released on Oct. 16. …The task force reported that it believes insufficient timber volume is the main impediment to timber job creation in Southeast Alaska. The report blames uncertainty and cost associated with the National Environmental Policy Act and the Tongass Exemption to the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

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Obama administration proposes dropping ‘critical habitat’ protections for threatened marbled murrelets

The Oregonian
October 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to drop all 3.9 million acres of “critical habitat” for the marbled murrelet, a tiny, threatened seabird that nests in coastal forest in Oregon, California and Washington. Its proposal would partially settle a federal lawsuit brought by the American Forest Resource Council, southwestern Oregon’s Douglas County and the Carpenters Industrial Council, who say the service inappropriately set aside habitat for the bird in 1996.

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Balancing Logging and River Health in the Pacific Northwest

National Geographic
October 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Now the North Umpqua is in the news again, as a 14-member panel appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber grapples with how to manage logging on western Oregon’s 2.4 million acres of Oregon and California Railroad Revested (O&C) Lands. Because logging on these lands has decreased, the counties dependent on that revenue have been hit hard. The challenge for the panel is to craft a solution that ends the fiscal crisis, helps rural communities, and conserves important fish and wildlife habitat, clean water, and river health.

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Don’t turn back the clock on the Tongass

Juneau Empire
October 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Parnell administration’s Timber Task Force recently unveiled a proposal to carve out two million acres of the Tongass National Forest for clear-cut logging under a state-managed “logging trust.” …Trout Unlimited supports sustainable resource development. But any attempt to turn back the clock, roll back important protections for salmon streams, and return to the days of industrial-scale logging in the Tongass – home to one of the country’s healthiest and most productive salmon fisheries — is a complete non-starter.

My turn: Recipe for disaster from The Juneau Empire

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Tongass Futures Roundtable

Juneau Empire
October 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In her October 22 My Turn, Lindsey Ketchel described the Tongass Futures Roundtable as “a multi-party collaborative group” which “requires that people with different views persuade and educate each other to come to a reasonable consensus” regarding management of Southeast Alaska’s national and state forest lands. …Unfortunately, the Tongass Futures Roundtable is an exclusive, non-governmental, privately funded, self appointed group which purports to represent a broader portion of the Southeast Alaska public than it really does.

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Natural Resources Wales: Forestry concern as name unveiled

BBC News
October 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There is concern that the views of the forestry industry will not be reflected by a new agency managing Wales’ natural resources. The chairman of the Forestry Commission in Wales said he was disappointed by the membership of the new board. The Welsh government has now announced that the name of the new organisation will be Natural Resources Wales. It is being created by a merger of the Forestry Commission, Environment Agency and the Countryside Council for Wales.

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International Paper achieves new milestone in farm forestry

Hindu Business Line
October 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

International Paper, through its group company, Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills Ltd today celebrated the milestone of planting one billion trees in India through its farm forestry initiative. A ceremonial billionth tree was planted at the APPM manufacturing facility in Rajahmundry by Thomas Kadien, Senior Vice-President, Consumer Packaging and IP Asia and India, to mark the occasion.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

NB: Biomass resource maps for energy co-generation released

Daily Business Buzz
October 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

[SAINT JOHN, NB] — A set of resource maps and an accompanying report were released on Monday showcasing potential locations to develop biomass resources for energy co-generation in the province. ??”Our government is committed to achieving 40 per cent renewable energy generation by 2020, as laid out in the New Brunswick Energy Blueprint,” said Energy and Mines Minister Craig Leonard. …The resources maps are combined into an atlas to show the potential energy represented by the province’s forest.

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