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Daily Archives: November 1, 2012

Business & Politics

Domtar declares regular quarterly dividend

PR Newswire
October 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – Domtar Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors has approved its third quarterly dividend for the 2012 fiscal year on its common stock and on Domtar (Canada) Paper Inc. exchangeable shares. The dividend of US$0.45 per share is payable on January 15, 2013 to stockholders of record on December 14, 2012.

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Lumber prices boosted by Sandy damage

Globe and Mail
October 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber prices have surged to a 19-month high after this week’s devastating storm Sandy spurred forecasts of a spike in demand for construction material, providing a lift to Canadian producers already benefiting from surprising strength in the forestry sector. The benchmark futures contract for January delivery of lumber closed at $331.20 (U.S.) for 1,000 board feet on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday, up by the maximum $10 daily limit as traders focused on the need to rebuild thousands of homes destroyed or severely damaged by Sandy.

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Resolute Forest Products Issues Sustainability Report for 2011 Performance

Canada Newswire press release
November 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL  – Resolute Forest Products released its Sustainability Report for 2011 Performance today, detailing Company efforts to balance environmental, social and economic considerations. …”Over the past year, we have worked hard to deliver on the sustainability commitments we have made, and meaningful progress was achieved,” said Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As we move forward and implement our new sustainability strategy, we recognize the value of engaging our employees and stakeholders in raising the bar on our sustainability performance.”

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Rebuilding after Sandy likely to stretch lumber supply chain, could be boon for lumber companies

By Derrick Penner
Vancouver Sun
October 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

As public officials assess the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, North America’s building-supply sector has begun girding for the rebuilding phase following the massive storm. However, repair efforts could run into a supply crunch in an industry that is ramping up to meet a nascent return of U.S. new-home construction. Lumber inventories are running thin. And that could mean higher profits for B.C. lumber companies that supply the U.S. construction industry. “Nobody has been stocking inventory even this year because they don’t really trust the recovery is (really) here,” said Keta Kosman, publisher of the North-Vancouver-based industry journal Madison’s Lumber Reporter

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Canfor reopens mill in Radium Hot Springs, BC, after $38.5-million upgrade

Canadian Press
October 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corp. has reopened its sawmill in Radium Hot Springs, B.C., after a $38.5-million upgrade. The company says once the mill is operating at full capacity next year it will produce 240 million board feet annually and employ 144 people. In addition to an upgrade to the sawmill, the company said it has built a new planer mill.

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Tolko mill becomes training centre

Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
October 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

HIGH PRAIRIE – A struggling mill in the Peace Country has recently transformed itself into a training centre for high school students, an innovative solution to the lack of demand for its product. The Tolko Industries oriented strand board (OSB) mill in High Prairie has found a new life, and reopened as the High Prairie Regional Training and Development Centre last month. …“We have a facility that can easily become a great lab for learning. We’ve got all the tools there and equipment to work on, in a really hands-on industrial environment that is not typical of a school setting,” said local manager Allan Bell.

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Union and forest company sign pact in hopes of getting Saskatchewan mill going

Canadian Press
October 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BIG RIVER, Sask. _ Carrier Forest Products says there’s been a key step taken in getting the company’s mill in Big River, Sask., operational again. The company and the United Steelworkers Local 1-184 say they’ve negotiated a collective agreement that will ensure the mill’s long-term stability. Bill Kordyban, president of Carrier, says the deal will allow the mill to be competitive with other operations. United Steelworkers president Paul Hallen says the agreement is a good step forward for the community of Big River.

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Ainsworth Lumber Turns To Q3 Profit, Provides Bullish Outlook; Shrs Jump 6% To Just Shy of 52 Week High

NASDAQ
November 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ainsworth Lumber Co Ltd, which jumped 6% to just shy of a 52 week high Wednesday, recorded net income from continuing operations of $32.6 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to a net loss of $58.9 million in the third quarter of 2011, boosted by much higher sales. Basic and diluted EPS was $0.32. According to Yahoo! Finance, the average earnings estimate was $0.14.

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Hancock Timber sells 520 acres

Business Examiner (blog)
October 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Nisqually Land Trust today announced successful completion of a 2,500 acre, $10.5 million wildlife corridor connecting local, state, and federally protected lands near the main entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. The organization completed the corridor with purchase of 520 acres of environmentally sensitive land in Pierce County, from the Hancock Timber Resource Group. The purchase is the third from the private Boston-based company. All told, 1,840 acres was acquired from the company over the past four years.

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Boise Cascade Hiring Plywood Workers as Profits Grow

Woodworking Network
October 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, ID – Boise Cascade Holdings LLC, coming off a much-improved third quarter, is looking to hire up to 60 more people at its plywood mill in White City, OR. Boise Cascade posted a net profit of $23.5 million on sales of $764.5 million for the third quarter compared to a loss of $3.7 million on $628.0 total sales in the third quarter of 2011. The 22% increase in Boise Cascade’s third quarter sales reflected an approximately 28% improvement housing starts during the third quarter of 2012 compared to the third quarter of 2011.

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The King of Clackistan

November 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Miller, Stimson Lumber’s 53-year-old CEO, inherited his wealth and still makes his money from what many people see as a dying part of Oregon’s history. The state has mostly moved on from its timber past, a boom-and-bust economic cycle that battered the state’s forests and, in the end, betrayed hundreds of thousands of rural families who had counted on middle-class lives earned from the Oregon woods….“We
are out of money,” he says of state government. “We should be ashamed of
our behavior. We have not made a better world for our children. We have
made it worse.”

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Huge sawmill could bring up to 300 jobs to Orangeburg County

The Times and Democrat
November 1, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ROWESVILLE — If Orangeburg County lands the state’s largest sawmill, it could gain up to 300 jobs and a better option for its timber owners, according to forestry and business officials. German-based Klausner Holding USA Inc. is considering placing a lumber mill on approximately 248 acres at 3374 Rowesville Road, between Rowesville and Orangeburg. “If we do land the mill, it would be an absolute positive factor for our landowners,” Orangeburg County Forestry Commission Area Forester Walt Woodrum said.

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Ta Ann crisis talks

ABC News, Australia
October 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Timber veneer processor Ta Ann has held crisis talks with the Government. The timber veneer processor is concerned about its timber supply after the collapse of the forestry peace talks at the weekend.. Company representatives discussed supply and renewed campaigns against its Japanese customers with Deputy Premier Bryan Green yesterday.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Opposition parties threaten to topple PQ government on inaugural speech

Canadian Press
October 31, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

 …In fact, Marois included more references to her goal of creating a “Charter of Wood” — a plan to promote the use of Quebec forestry products in building projects — than to the idea of holding a vote to make Quebec a country. …She also proposed a so-called “Charter of Wood” that will encourage the use of Quebec forestry products in buildings. She said she will encourage the construction of six-storey wood buildings.

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Business needs level playing field for wood product certification

Oregon Small Business Association
October 30, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

…The USGBC’s obstruction of green markets has far-reaching effects for domestic timber production and employment. Some 75 percent of wood and paper products in North America utilize a different certification program than FSC. In Oregon, the nation’s leading timber state, there are only 243 “valid” FSC certificates for woodlands. By comparison, other credible standards that advance sustainable forests in Oregon include the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (3.2 million acres certified in Oregon) and American Tree Farm System (900 Oregon tree farms recognized).

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Kimberly-Clark divests and closes mills in Europe

Pulp and Paper News
November 1, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

US tissue paper maker is withdrawing from its European disposable nappies business. According to a statement to Euwid, Kimberly-Clark reported that it was not able to establish a sustainably profitable nappies business in Europe. For this reason Kimberly-Clark has made the decision to close nappy production and sales in Europe and exit the diaper category. Only Italy remains exempt from this move.

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Forestry

Plastics industry reps urge city council to reverse Toronto ban on plastic bags

National Post
October 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Toronto is in trouble if city council does not reverse its ban on plastic shopping bags, which takes effect in January, says a coalition comprised mostly of plastics industry representatives. Megan O’Toole was at the group’s campaign launch Monday, and rounds up five main themes. …“To imagine a Toronto without plastic bags would be to imagine a Toronto without trees,” coalition spokesman Kevin Gaudet warned, noting the switch to paper bags would see “the equivalent of Toronto’s entire tree canopy harvested, gone, in just a decade.” …Hyperbole was in no short supply, with Mr. Gaudet insisting that “plastic shopping bags were invented to protect our forests from clear-cutting.”

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Les Leyne: Interesting array of Liberal resolutions

Victoria Times Colonist
October 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The resolutions that made it to the floor of the B.C. Liberal convention last week were interesting, as far as they went. But some of the ones near the bottom of the list that didn’t make it were downright intriguing. …Also left undebated were two ideas that would have sent chills down the spines of some Victoria civil servants. …The other was to relocate the entire Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations to “rural/Interior B.C.” The resolution said senior executives in the ministry are geographically limited and “need to be aware of northern surroundings, so they can make informed decisions.”

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Gravelle has no excuse not to consult before cutting – Campbell

Net Newsledger
November 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

KENORA – “With MPPs and Ministers locked out there is no excuse for Gravelle not to live up to his government’s promises to consult before cutting,” states Sarah Campbell, the MPP for Kenora Rainy River. With the Fall sitting of the Legislative Assembly cancelled as a result of the government’s decision to prorogue, Sarah Campbell, MPP Kenora-Rainy River and NDP Natural Resources Critic, is calling on Minister Michael Gravelle to enter into province-wide consultations on proposed changes to the MNR. In a November 1 letter, Campbell says proposed restructuring of the department will have long-term repercussions on communities and businesses across the province and, as a result, will require full and open dialogue before moving forward.

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Not over yet for forestry peace talks

ABC News, Australia
November 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Signatories to Tasmania’s forest peace talks are expected to continue informal discussions, after yet another deadline passing on an agreement. The Forest Industries Association’s deadline for the protracted talks ended last night without any progress on a deal. The group’s spokesman Terry Edwards says despite this, he is still keen to continue informal discussions over coming days, in an attempt to reach a compromise. “From our point of view we would be very keen for these talks to be resolved within the next few days,” he said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Ethanol from trees (video)

ABC News, Australia
November 1, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A forestry advocate says using trees to make biofuel could reinvigorate Tasmania’s forestry industry.

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General

The King of Clackistan

November 1, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Miller, Stimson Lumber’s 53-year-old CEO, inherited his wealth and still makes his money from what many people see as a dying part of Oregon’s history. The state has mostly moved on from its timber past, a boom-and-bust economic cycle that battered the state’s forests and, in the end, betrayed hundreds of thousands of rural families who had counted on middle-class lives earned from the Oregon woods….“We
are out of money,” he says of state government. “We should be ashamed of
our behavior. We have not made a better world for our children. We have
made it worse.”

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