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Daily Archives: October 29, 2012

Business & Politics

Crofton mill’s survival likely as Catalyst’s sunny financial health is cheered

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
October 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Crofton mill’s recent recovery from creditor protection is good news in the short-term. But a foggy long-range forecast for parent firm Catalyst leaves some of Cowichan’s financial folks cautious. “The worst of the recession for Catalyst was probably 2007,” said VIU and UVic economics instructor George Sharp. “The best news is they’re looking to hire young people.” The rebounding mill has hired 70 people this year, with another 30 or 40 hirings expected.

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Tolko earns export nomination

Vernon Morning Star
October 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vernon’s Tolko Industries is among 27 finalists for the 30th annual B.C. Export Awards. The long-time North Okanagan mill was selected along with Archipelago Marine Research (Victoria) and Coast Tsimshian Resources (Terrace) in the Natural Resources category. The awards, a joint initiative between Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters B.C. and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, recognize companies and individuals that demonstrate superior innovation and outstanding contributions to the B.C. export industry.

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Jobless can’t find new Catalyst site owner

Campbell River Mirror
October 25, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than 20 jobless workers came up empty this week when they went to the Catalyst main gate expecting to meet the new industrial park owner offering job opportunities. Alberta developer Harold Jahn was nowhere to be found Monday through Thursday and crews contracted to Catalyst were still busy decommissioning the property. Another deadline for the sale of the Catalyst Paper Elk Falls Mill came and went Oct. 19 with neither party to the sale offering any explanation for the third missed deadline since the transaction was announced with great fanfare in mid-August.

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Ontario revokes Buchanan’s forest licences

Greenpeace applauds company’s loss of cutting rights
CBC News
October 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CBC News has learned Buchanan is surrendering its sustainable forest licenses in all major forests in the northwest.  A Greenpeace spokesperson said the end of the company’s operation in the region’s sensitive forests is a positive step forward. Richard Brooks, forest campaigner co-ordinator for Greenpeace Canada, is critical of Buchanan’s environmental and economic record. …But Kathleen McFadden, the acting assistant deputy minister with the forestry division of the Ministry of Natural Resources, said that won’t cut Buchanan completely out of forest operations in the region and the company’s mills could still get the wood they need.

Province revokes Buchanan Group Sustainable forestry licences from TB News Watch

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Weyerhaeuser’s quarterly results show shortfalls

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

Weyerhaeuser Co.’s WY third-quarter profit slumped 25% as the forest-products company suffered from a tough comparison with a year-ago period buoyed by an income-tax benefit. Like other wood-product companies, Weyerhaeuser had suffered from weak demand for lumber due to a sluggish home-building market. However, the housing industry has recently been showing signs of improvement, a trend that Chief Executive Dan Fulton has highlighted as having helped the company’s performance of late.

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Beetle infestation drives up lumber prices

Marketplace.org
October 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

A new set of beetles is taking North America by storm. This time the casualty is lumber and lumber prices. The mountain pine beetle is taking a dramatic toll on Canadian forests which are critical for home building and other lumber needs here in the U.S. …”We’ve been actually predicting what we called a ‘supercycle’ in lumber, starting somewhere around now,” he said. “And we’re seeing it occurring and we think the peak years of 2014 and 2015, we’re going to see prices literally going through the roof as the supply-side dynamics get tighter as U.S. demand and the U.S. housing market comes roaring back.”

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Gunns’ last desperate days revealed

ABC News, Australia
October 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The eleventh hour attempts to save the failed Tasmanian timber company Gunns have been revealed in the minutes of last month’s creditors meeting. Early in September Gunns asked the banks to let it keep $17 million from asset sales to cover operating costs until December. But a few weeks later one of the 10 banks in the syndicate withdrew its support, effectively cutting off Gunns’ financial lifeline.

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Processor precarious as forest talks collapse

Sydney Morning Herald
October 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The future of Tasmania’s biggest surviving native timber processor is in doubt after the state’s marathon forest peace talks collapsed on the weekend. Malaysian-owned veneer producer Ta Ann Tasmania will come under renewed attack in its export markets, re-igniting a campaign already highly divisive in the job-starved island state. Industry leader Terry Edwards said the market campaign posed a reprehensible risk to Ta Ann’s future. “The environment groups are promising to destroy Ta Ann’s markets,” Mr Edwards, chief executive of the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania, told Fairfax.

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Gunns creditors revealed

ABC News, Australia
October 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Administrators of the failed Tasmanian timber producer Gunns have made public a full list of the company’s creditors. Gunns owes hundreds of people, businesses and government departments millions of dollars. Tasmanian contractor Les Walkden, who is among the biggest creditors, is owed more than $3 million. His company harvested Gunns’ Victorian and South Australian plantations but work is now at a standstill.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Why US Woodworkers Should Support the Lacey Act

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

The Hardwood Federation, the industry’s united voice in Washington, DC, reviewed with interest Brent McClendon’s recent blog regarding the “continued fight against Lacey.” Although it is unclear exactly what Mr. McClendon finds to oppose in the current law and exactly what he intends to fight for in the future, it may be instructive to review the key reasons why the Federation and our member associations, representing thousands of hardwood companies, strongly supports the Lacey Act and the protections it offers to the industry.

The Fight to Fix the Lacey Act Has Just Begun from Woodworking Network

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UBC prof changing the wood in Hollywood

Globe and Mail
October 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West


If you thought the NBC series Grimm was scary, wait until you hear about the horror story behind the scenes. The series shot in Portland about a police detective who can detect Wesens – supernatural creatures who transform into monsters – is using environmentally responsible and sustainable wood to create its sets (including a police precinct and a weird apothecary). In doing so, the producers – with the help of a University of British Columbia professor – are taking a quiet stand against the big bad wood, Lauan, that has been the industry standard for some 30 years.

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Forestry

Artists join effort to save forest

Council wants to sell land to raise funds for future capital projects
The Province
October 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Miles from the city centre, a group of writers and artists has raised the stakes in a campaign to save a unique forest in eastern Langley. Poets read verse, singers sang melodies and artists painted pictures on Sunday during a meeting at what has been billed as McLellan Park East Forest, located near 260 Street and 84 Avenue in Langley. Award-winning B.C. poet Susan McCaslin said the gathering attempted to raise awareness about the value of preserving a 10-hectare stand of low-lying trees, which she says are rare in the Metro Vancouver area.

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Secretary’s Column: Strengthening America’s National Forests

by Tom Vilsack
USDA Blog
October 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

…USDA has modernized policies to manage our National Forests. We finalized a new “National Forest Planning Rule” that will allow communities to continue creating Forest jobs, while protecting the forest for generations to come. In Colorado, we finalized an updated strategy to manage roadless areas, protecting sensitive lands while generating more jobs. And in Arizona, we’re implementing the Four Forest Initiative to bring local stakeholders together, restore forests and reduce the threat of fire across 2 million acres.

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Timber! Maryland’s leafy green economy

How Maryland manages its forests, public and private, which provide for a $4 billion-a-year industry
Baltimore Sun
October 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

If a tree falls in a Maryland forest, does anyone know its value? State Forester Steve Koehn threw back his head and laughed when asked that question. And then he jumped at the chance to shed some light on what he calls one of Maryland’s best-kept secrets. “Forest products are a $4 billion-a-year industry in Maryland,” he said. “For comparison, seafood is a $950 million industry.”

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Controversial Forest Restoration Contractor Draws Vote Of Support

Payson Roundup
October 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

We’ve had our differences — but we’re behind you now. #That’s the message in a resolution adopted by the diverse group of environmentalists, loggers and local officials supporting the U.S. Forest Service’s controversial choice of a private contractor to launch the landmark 4-Forest Restoration Initiative.#The resolution by the 4FRI Stakeholder’s Group acknowledged the “concerns” expressed about relying on Pioneer Forest Products to thin 300,000 acres of overgrown forest in the next 10 years.

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Forestry program recycles wood in an urban setting

Agri News
October 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Lindsey Purcell, an urban forestry specialist at Purdue University, worked with the City of Indianapolis to create a one-of-a-kind project referred to as the Urban Waste Recycling Center. He noted that when he started, the center basically was a four-acre dump with tree limbs, logs, chips and debris, and he wondered what he had gotten himself into. However, Purcell said upon more investigation he noticed something golden in the dump — decent lumber. He noted that this recycling strategy would reduce the amount of woody material going into landfills and, at the same time, produce much-needed materials for the city, including lumber, mulch and compost.

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Quick action saves forestry plantation from blaze

ABC News, Australia
October 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ergon Energy says it has narrowly avoided losing a multi-million dollar forestry plantation to fire on southern Queensland’s northern Downs. Company spokesman Rod Rehbein says a grassfire threatened a 1,300 hectare plantation of future power poles near Ravensbourne last week. He says prompt action saved most of the trees. “In total we’re able to back-burn 12-and-a-half kilometres almost in very difficult conditions to do that,” he said.

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New forest reserves ruled out

ABC News, Australia
October 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal and State Governments have ruled out creating new high-conservation value forest reserves. The Tasmanian Greens along with environmental groups have called for new reserves after the forestry peace talks collapsed at the weekend. Greens leader Nick McKim says as there is no peace agreement, the Government should move to create new forest reserves.

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Still time: Premier urges last-ditch peace bid

ABC News, Australia
October 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Premier is refusing to give up hope on forest peace talks despite their collapse at the weekend. Lara Giddings is urging environmental and industry groups to get back around the table before Wednesday’s deadline. That is despite representatives on both sides blaming each other for the breakdown in negotiations. Ms Giddings will not say what the Government’s plan is should no agreement be reached, but she says legislating for resource security is not the answer.

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Peru’s exporters urge to explore new opportunities in forestry sector

Andina – Agencia Peruana de Noticias
October 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Peruvian Exporters’ Association said it is time to explore new opportunities in forest plantations development and the use of other forest benefits, such as environmental services. Adex President Juan Varilias said although Peru has a very important forestry potential, this sector is going through a critical moment as a specific legal framework for its use has not been established yet. Indeed, Varilas explained that the new Forestry Law No. 29,763, enacted on July 22, 2011, proposes the creation of a new institution named the National Forest and Wildlife Service (Serfor), with hierarchical and political independence.

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Ireland bans ash imports over fungus dieback fears

BBC News
October 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Imports of ash trees are being banned by the authorities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to help prevent the spread of Chalara dieback. Chalara ash dieback, caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea, has been found in Great Britain. In Denmark, the disease has wiped out about 90% of the ash trees. Agriculture minister Michelle O’Neill said she had had talks with her counterpart in the Republic and were taking a “fortress Ireland” approach

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Ash tree ban may be too late to avert ‘UK tragedy’, says expert

Move to halt ash tree imports from Europe as experts claim 30% of UK’s wooded landscape is at risk from fatal fungus
The Guardian
October 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A ban on imports of ash trees from Europe may not be enough to stop an epidemic of a deadly disease wiping out most of the species’ 80m trees in the UK, the government has been warned. The president of the Country Land and Business Association, Harry Cotterell, said one of the best-loved features of the British landscape faces devastation due to the spread of the fungus chalara fraxinea into the wild, eight months after it was first discovered in the UK. Cotterell said the UK faced a “national tragedy” as ash trees make up 15%-30% of the wooded landscape, across woodlands, hedgerows and parks.

Fight to save a third of Britain’s tress from killer fungus from The Telegraph

Ash dieback fungus will ‘change countryside very significantly’ from The Guardian

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Tassie forests war set to go on

AAP
October 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An end to the decades-long conflict over Tasmania’s forests looks as remote as ever with the talks that came closest to delivering peace finally collapsing. …More than two years of talks, which in August delivered an interim agreement, have come to nothing with green group demands for about 520,000 hectares of new reserves unable to be reconciled with the industry’s wood supply needs. Mr Burke and Tasmanian Forestry Minister Bryan Green emerged from the final stages of negotiations expressing “pessimism”, while environmental groups blamed the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania (FIAT) and the state’s sawmillers.

Forest Talks Fail after Two-Year Negotiation from ABC New, Australia
Forestry peace blame game begins from ABC News, Australia

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Forestry protesters admit fatigue

ABC News, Australia
October 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Anti-logging protesters have admitted to fatigue as Tasmania’s forest wars reignite following the collapse two days ago of long-running peace talks. Only 10 people turned out for the first protest since peace talks fell over last week. The Huon Valley Environment Centre targetted timber veneer processor Ta Ann in Hobart this morning claiming it misleads its Japanese customers about timber sources.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Commissioning begins at Ontario cellulosic ethanol demo plant

Ethanol Producer Magazine
October 25, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Woodland Biofuels Inc. has begun commissioning its new demonstration cellulosic ethanol facility in Sarnia, Ontario. “We’re in the preliminary stages of commissioning,” CEO Greg Nuttall told Ethanol Producer Magazine. “We’re testing each piece of equipment. Within a couple of weeks we will be ready to move to staged startup.” Located at the Bio Industrial Innovation Centre, the facility will be capable of handling 7.2 metric tons per day of wood waste, or about 2,400 metric tons per year.

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Research continues toward the use of bio-mass

Net News Ledger
October 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – There is a lot of research and movement in Northwestern Ontario toward the use of bio-mass for the production of power. The Atikokan Generating Station is in process of being converted to bio-mass from coal. The research into making this process more efficient is continuing. There are concerns being raised by some of the latest research into how bio-mass will impact wildlife. The wood that remains after a tree harvesting operation is often burned to reduce the hazard of fire or is removed for bioenergy production. But another option should be considered—leaving the wood for forest wildlife whose habitat has been disturbed during clear-cut forestry operations.

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Pine Beetle Killed Log Installation: Sink Stink

Woodworking Network
October 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

LARAMIE, WY – Ponderosa pine logs killed by pine beetles stirred ill will in Wyoming. A wood art installation, called “Carbon Sink,” incorporates the dead logs arranged in a swirl on a bed of carbon. Local businesses don’t take issue with the dead pine logs, but with U.K. artist Chris Drury’s connection between coal fired power plants – coal mining is a major industry in the area – and the death of trees by the pine beetles.

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