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Daily Archives: October 26, 2012

Business & Politics

Strength in Domtar’s adult diaper segment doesn’t offset pulp and paper weakness

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

MONTREAL – Strength in Domtar Corp.’s burgeoning adult diaper products wasn’t enough to offset weakness in its core pulp and paper business though its third-quarter results handily beat expectations despite a large year-over-year drop in profits and lower net sales. The personal care products business, including adult diapers, has been growing following last May’s acquisition of U.S.-based EAM Corp., which develops and supplies the core material used in feminine hygiene products, baby diapers and puppy pads.

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Norbord posts $28-million Q3 profit as US demand for wood panels grows

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

TORONTO – Norbord Inc. says it had a $28-million profit in the third-quarter, a sharp contrast to the year-earlier loss for the Toronto-based wood-panel manufacturer. The company attributed the improvement to stronger demand from the U.S. home construction industry, a major consumer of the oriented strand board produced by Norbord. Norbord’s profit for the three months ended Sept. 30 amounted to 61 cents per diluted share of net income, which contrasted with a loss of $1 million or two cents per share a year earlier.

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Harmac evacuation drill will mean considerable noise

Nanaimo Daily News
October 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Anyone within earshot of the Harmac pulp mill Monday can expect considerable noise when the Nanaimo Forest Products conducts its annual evacuation drill. The procedure is expected to take place on Monday at 10: 30 a.m. The drills are supposed to be done annually. The exercise is to ensure millworkers and visitors alike are aware of safety procedures, in the event of a real emergency evacuation.

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Domtar ramps up after annual maintenance

Kamloops Daily News
October 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Life is slowly returning to normal at the Kamloops pulp mill following the latest maintenance shutdown.  The mill was closed for 10 days while crews carried out annual cleaning, upgrades and general repairs, corporate spokeswoman Bonny Skene said Thursday.  She said it takes about two to three days for the entire facility to become fully operational. END

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Mill being refurbished

Daily Business Buzz
October 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Police are directing traffic by the Reversing Falls Bridge so over 1200 trades people can get into the Irving Pulp and Paper mill in Saint John, New Brunswick. Representing 45 companies, the trades people are conducting a $10-million refurbishment project at the mill while it is shut down for regular maintenance. Another maintenance project, requiring an additional 110 trades people, is underway in the city at Irving Tissue. END

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Weyerhaeuser 3Q profit sinks 25 percent

Associated Press
October 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. Weyerhaeuser Co.’s third quarter earnings plunged 25 percent compared to last year, when the lumber and real estate company recorded income from a couple businesses it has since sold and a hefty tax gain. But the company’s revenue rose, and CEO Dan Fulton said Weyerhaeuser was “capitalizing on an improving housing market.” The Federal Way, Wash., company said Friday it earned $117 million, or 22 cents per share, in the three months that ended Sept. 30. That compares to earnings of $157 million, or $29 cents per share, in last year’s quarter.

Weyerhaeuser’s Outlook Fails to Excite Investors from 24/7 Wall St

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Rayonier 3Q profit falls but tops Street’s view

Associated Press
October 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Rayonier said Thursday that its third-quarter net income dropped 23 percent, pulled down by an interest tax expense while the year-ago period included a tax gain. The results still topped Wall Street’s view. The forest products company earned $80.6 million, or 62 cents per share, compared with $104.9 million, or 71 cents per share, during the same period a year ago. The current quarter included an interest tax expense of $24.6 million. The prior-year period included an income tax benefit of $8.6 million.

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Congressional candidate Bill Driscoll joins fray over paper mill permit denial

Peninsula Daily
October 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT TOWNSEND — Congressional candidate Bill Driscoll has entered the controversy over a county agency’s decision to deny a permit extension for the Port Townsend Paper Corp.’s mill landfill.  Driscoll, a Republican who opposes Democrat Derek Kilmer for the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by veteran Rep. Norm Dicks, is a descendent of Weyerhaeuser Co. patriarch Frederick Weyerhaeuser and a forest-products industry executive. Driscoll said he was in the area Wednesday and stopped by the mill to discuss the landfill situation he’d read about in the newspaper.

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Forestry Giant Sierra Pacific Industries Settles EEOC National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit

Jobmouse
October 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

…The EEOC’s lawsuit charged that, after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and continuing until his discharge, Sierra Pacific allowed co-workers to harass Ahmed Elshenawy, a worker of Egyptian national origin employed at the company’s Red Bluff, Calif., plant. …Sierra Pacific denied the allegations, but agreed to pay $95,000 in damages to Elshenawy. In addition, the two-year decree provides that Sierra Pacific Industries will conduct yearly training of employees, report the details of any future complaints of national origin discrimination or retaliation, revise its anti-discrimination policies and post information regarding the decree for current employees.

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Domtar makes $30 million investment at Marlboro County facility

WBTW.com
October 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. – Marlboro County manufacturer to invest $30 million in an existing facility this year. According to a press release, Marlboro County Council, Marlboro County Economic Development Partnership and Domtar Corporation announced Thursday plans to re-purpose its facility in Bennettsville to align with shifting market demands in the paper industry. The company plans to invest $30 million in the plant over the next year as part of a previously announced long-term supply agreement with Appleton Papers Inc. (“Appleton”) of Appleton, Wisconsin.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Step Forward sees waste wheat straw as non-wood future

Forest industry spokesman responds that no wood is wasted in its process
Vancouver Sun
October 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Copy paper made mostly from wheat straw has arrived in Staples stores in Canada and the manufacturer hopes it will be a hit with tree-lovers and environmentally conscious companies. Step Forward paper is made from 80 per cent agricultural waste and 20 per cent wood fibre certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. If consumers snap up the new paper, Prairie Pulp and Paper Inc. plans to build a mill in Manitoba to produce a similar product made from 95 per cent wheat straw fibre and five per cent flax straw.

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Wood Groups Take Sides in Hardwood Plywood Antidumping Debate

Woodworking Network
October 24, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Wood industry groups are taking sides over the hardwood plywood antidumping petition against China. Filed Sept. 27 with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission, the petition by the Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood documents antidumping and countervailing duty margins in excess of 300 percent. Both the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Assn. and the International Wood Products Assn. have sided with the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood (AAHP) in stating their opposition to the antidumping petition.

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USGBC Statement in Response to USA Today News Article

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

Washington, DC – (Oct. 24, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) issued a statement in response to the USA Today piece that ran today about the organization and its LEED green building program. …LEED isn’t perfect, but it is always improving. The program is developed by technical committees of the highest caliber and any changes to LEED are commented on by the public and must be approved through a democratic ballot process open to all USGBC members.

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Paper waste could be the solution to oil spills

Phys.org
October 25, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Marko Likon, former CEO at TEC spoke about the link between paper mill waste and oil spills. ‘We very quickly made the connection between oil and fuel sorption and waste from the paper industry, which then started us thinking of paper mill sludge as treasure rather than waste,’ he said. The amount of paper and paper-derived products is huge, and unfortunately so is their waste. In Europe alone the paper industry produces more than 14,400,000 million tonnes of paper mill sludge per year.

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Flooring Demand Will Up Wood Supply Competition in South

Woodworking Network
October 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Northern producers will see continued good demand for soft maple and supplies could become tight. Hard maple supplies may similarly tighten if Far Eastern purchasing continues to pace ahead of last year. Among major Asian hard maple importers, only China is trailing last year’s pace.

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Early interest in Wood EXPO 2013

Wood Expo
October 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Wood EXPO 2013, Australia’s first dedicated event for wood processing and manufacturing companies is already generating keen early interest.  “The EXPO will be unique in this part of the world. It’s an exciting new concept. It will focus specifically on wood products companies rather than aiming to appeal to the full range of other industries within the sector or the wider community.” says Mr Apthorp.

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Forestry

Insect Whittles Down Timber Supply

Wall Street Journal
October 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The tiny mountain pine beetle is creating huge problems for lumber producers in the U.S. and Canada and contributing to the rising cost of new homes. …That is exacerbating a lumber shortage that is acute in places such as British Columbia, Canada—a major source of wood for U.S. builders. A recent report by lumber-industry consultant International Wood Markets Group estimates that the beetle will have killed as much as 58% of the pine in the region by the time the infestation has run its course over the next decade.

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Open houses on Okanagan wildlife management areas

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PENTICTON – Okanagan residents are encouraged to come and share their views on two Wildlife Management Area proposals for their region at two open houses in early November. The first proposal would add several parcels of land to the existing South Okanagan Wildlife Management Area near the communities of Oliver and Osoyoos. The proposed additions will conserve riparian and upland habitat for important wildlife, including several species at risk, including the Behr’s Hairstreak butterfly and the Lewis’ woodpecker.

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Voice of BC – State of Forestry in BC (video)

Voice of BC
October 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC’s forest sector has been on the steady decline over the past several years. The crash of the U.S. housing market was a key factor, and although there has been an increase in other markets such as China the decline in the american market is still being felt. Ben Parfitt from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and John Allan from the Council of Forest Industries look at how the forest sector is currently doing and what needs to be done to revive the industry. They speak with Vancouver Sun columnist and host of Voice of BC Vaughn Palmer.

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Western Forest Products LAUNCHES LOGGER TRAINING PROGRAM

Western Forest Products
October 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Heading for a rewarding career in the forest industry, six trainees are the first participating in a new training program developed and implemented by Western Forest Products. Under the guidance of Operations Manager, Randy Boas, instructors are leading the seven week program that will prepare new entrants with the skills required to be experts in a revitalized, safety focused workforce.

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Rescue drama: Pole Creek firefighter jumps in water bucket

New safety report reveals details of harrowing rescue
KTVZ.com
October 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BEND, Ore. – A new report released by the Forest Service is shedding more light on the dramatic water-bucket rescue of a firefighter from the fast-moving flames of the Pole Creek Fire near Sisters in late September. …A 20-page safety report outlines the rescue. It also details what was learned from the events of that day. “One of the main things that we’ve learned is the difference in perspective between the eye in the sky, the pilot in the aircraft, and the person on the ground,” said Tim Hoiness, a fire and safety manager.

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Agency proposes dropping seabird coastal habitat

Coos Bay World
October 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The federal government has proposed to help settle a lawsuit by dropping nearly 4 million acres of designated “critical habitat” for the marbled murrelet, a threatened seabird that nests in coastal forests in Oregon, Washington and California. The Oregonian reports the federal lawsuit pending in Washington, D.C., was brought by the American Forest Resource Council, southwestern Oregon’s Douglas County and the Carpenters Industrial Council.

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Supervisor Scott Wiener seeks better care for urban forest in The City

San Francisco Examiner
October 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

San Francisco’s lack of care for its urban forest was underscored during a hearing Thursday that was called by Supervisor Scott Wiener, who is attempting to figure out how to reform The City’s tree care system. San Francisco oversees 110,000 street trees and 130,000 park trees. Including both public and privately owned areas, there are 670,000 trees in The City. But lack of funding has historically plagued the urban forest, resulting in sick trees, trees that topple and a thinner canopy compared to other cities.

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Groups find agreement on logging issues

Forest service looks to entice enterprise into thinning projects
Ruidoso News
October 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Following a Sept. 16 meeting of the minds between Congressman Steve Pearce, Bryan Bird of WildEarth Guardians and representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and Mescalero Tribal lands, an avenue of cooperation has been opened between groups that typically promote opposing agendas. “The general push of this (meeting) was to look at the fire, talk about forest management and fire ecology, all of that,” said Quentin Hays, wildlife biologist and assistant professor at Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso who also attended the visit.

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Tongass National Forest to release Big Thorne Project

Juneau Empire
October 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Tongass National Forest will be releasing the Big Thorne Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a 45-day review and comment period. The comment period is expected to start once the Notice of Availability (NOA) is published in the Federal Register today, Oct. 26. This DEIS proposes to harvest timber from approximately 5,000 acres in Southeast on Prince of Wales Island, south of Coffman Cove, around the community of Thorne Bay and out to the Control Lake area north of Klawock.

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Left Alone, Forests Can Bounce Back

Harvard Crimson
October 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Nature seems able to take care of itself without our help, according to the results of a 20-year study at the Harvard Forest. The research, soon to be published in the journal “Ecology,” outlines how forests bounce back after sustaining severe damage, independent of human assistance. The scientists studied ecological growth in a two-acre plot where they had pulled down trees to simulate the effect of a major hurricane on a forest in order to see how forests recuperate after natural disasters. The study looked not only at damage to large trees, but also ran experiments to investigate how climate change could affect the activity of microbes in the soil, nitrogen concentration, and plant growth.

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Contractor has logging in his veins

Bangor Daily News
October 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

EASTBROOK — On a quiet weekday morning, Waltham logging contractor Duane Jordan sits by a window and eats his breakfast as traffic whizzes past the Eastbrook Store on Route 200. The store’s a popular local gathering place most mornings; today, long after his work day began, Jordan chats with acquaintances and then talks about logging. …Today Elliott Jordan & Son employs 25 people involved in logging, trucking, road-building, and, surprisingly for a business long focused on wood harvesting, blueberry harvesting. “We do a lot of blueberries,” Jordan said, explaining that the company owns and maintains commercial blueberry acreage Down East.

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Ash tree fungus ‘very serious’ (& broadcast)

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

The Forestry Commission says a disease that has killed 90% of ash trees in Denmark has been found in the countryside in East Anglia. Until now, cases of the fungal infection are thought to have been limited to nurseries and newly planted woodlands. There are now calls for an immediate ban on ash trees from Europe. “This is serious,” Roger Coppock, head of analysts at the Forestry Commission, told Today presenter Evan Davis.

Ash tree imports could be banned over disease from The AFP

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Burke returns for forestry talks

ABC News, Australia
October 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

More marathon negotiations will be held in Hobart tonight to help progress Tasmania’s protracted forest peace talks. The Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, will fly into Hobart later this afternoon for a second round of overnight meetings with signatories to Tasmania’s forest peace talks. He will be joined at the negotiating table by Deputy Premier Bryan Green. It is expected to be a repeat of a marathon meeting in August which lasted 15 hours and helped to kick-start the stalled negotiations.

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Belmont Logging Beginning in November

Greater Wellington Regional Council
Scoop.co.nz
October 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Contractors for the Greater Wellington Regional Council will soon begin logging a 24-hectare radiata pine plantation in Belmont Regional Park, if weather conditions and logging prices are favourable. The 30-year-old pines are located at the head of the Korokoro Valley, at Belmont Regional Park’s Stratton Street entrance, and will be logged from November 2012 to May 2013. Regional Council Western Principal Ranger, Wayne Boness, says that every effort has been made to minimise the impact of the logging operation.

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More Trouble in Forestry and Timber

DesignBuild Source
October 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

More signs of trouble have arisen in the forestry and timber industry in Tasmania, raising further concerns about a potential hollowing out in the domestic supply chain for many raw materials which are vital inputs to the building and construction industry in Australia. . …The latest developments come as the forestry and timber industry in Australia battles a combination of plummeting timber prices, tough competition from imports and low levels of demand due to poor residential construction conditions in Australia and overseas.

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“Wild West” timber trade threatens Congo forests: report

Reuters Africa
October 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KINSHASA – Officials in Democratic Republic of Congo are colluding with foreign logging firms to support illegal logging, harming local communities and risking the destruction of the world’s second largest forest, a report by a campaign group says. Derelict ports in Congo’s riverside capital Kinshasa are piled high with logs ready to be shipped out to China and Europe as part of the lucrative timber trade. Much of the timber has been harvested using permits signed by the ministry of environment in direct contravention of Congolese law, advocacy group Global Witness said in the report.

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Foresters urged to co-operate

Marlborough Express
October 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A forestry working group are predicting a skills and infrastructure shortage over the next 10 years that will make it difficult for small operators.  A group of North Island foresters have established the working group to look at new ways to deal with some of the major issues facing New Zealand’s second largest export industry.  Wellington consultant Geoff Thompson, who has expertise and interests in forestry, agriculture, the Emissions Trading Scheme and climate change issues, discussed the aim of the working group with about 50 Marlborough and Nelson foresters in Blenheim on Wednesday.

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SCA employee elected to the board of FSC International

Pulp and Paper News
October 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Hans Djurberg, Sustainability Director at SCA, has been elected to the board of FSC International (Forest Stewardship Council). “I am very proud to have been elected and it is of great importance that the forest management and industry structure we represent has a voice in FSC’s senior management,” says Hans Djurberg. “It is critical for the viability of the system,that forest owners and forest based industry participate actively in shaping it for the future, not least to secure that demands are possible to implement and that they make a difference “on the ground”.

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Last chance for forestry talks (video)

ABC News, Australia
October 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Groups involved in Tasmania’s protracted forest peace talks have been told it is time for them to reach an outcome.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Bill halting ETS expansion sparks heated debate

Stuff.co.nz
October 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A bill stopping the expansion of the emissions trading scheme sparked impassioned debate, including claims from Labour MP David Cunliffe that his two “wonderful young sons” face “extinction” from climate change. …”Those changes gut the ETS. They are going to result in clear felling of more timber, they are going to result in under-investment in clean technology, they are going to result in New Zealanders paying more in our lifetime and our children’s lifetime to adjust to the climate change that is certain – not probable – but certain to come.”

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