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Daily Archives: November 5, 2012

Business & Politics

Canadian lumber industry will get boost from US hurricane, says Resolute CEO

Canadian Press
November 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – The destructive wrath of Hurricane Sandy will help boost recovery in Canada’s forest products industry next year as communities in New York City area and along the New Jersey coast rebuild, the head of Resolute Forest Products said Friday. “When you look at the devastation it’s mind boggling and it’s going to have an impact,” CEO Richard Garneau said in an interview. “They’re going to have to rebuild but it always takes some time for the cleanup to be done so I think the impact on demand of wood consumption is probably going to materialize in the second and third quarter of next year with the rebuilding efforts,” Garneau said.

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Fortress Paper announces 3Q 2012 results

Pulp and Paper News
November 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canadian Fortress Paper reported 2012 third quarter EBITDA loss of $6.4 million. For the second quarter of 2012, EBITDA was $2.3 million and for the third quarter of 2011, EBITDA loss was $0.8 million. Excluding corporate costs, the three business segments’ combined EBITDA loss was $5.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2012.

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Cranbrook mill destroyed by fire

CBC News
November 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firefighters are mopping up after a fire destroyed the Tembec planer mill in Cranbrook, B.C. on Thursday night. The fire broke out just before 10 p.m. PT and firefighters quickly realized they could not save it. Instead they worked to stop flames from spreading across the 36-hectare property. The mill had not been operational for several years and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Logging association opens doors to new office

Prince George Citizen
November 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The doors are open – or rather seven doors – at the new Central Interior Logging Association offices. The CILA is the anchor agency, but a coalition of forest industry contacts have joined forces at a single facility on Queensway. The official opening ceremonies were held on Friday, after about three weeks slowly moving into the one building from other locations all over the city. “The location has been a huge change,” said MaryAnne Arcand, executive director of the CILA, which was previously located in the commercial space available at the Railway and Forestry Museum.

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Celgar explains yesterday’s powerful skunk smell

The Castlegar Source
November 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A rank odour that permeated most of Castlegar and Robson yesterday was the result of a one-time mishap at the nearby Zellstoff Celgar pulp mill, according to Celgar Environment Superintendent Fiona Mackay. “It’s not a usual event for us – this has not happened in my recollection,” she said, explaining a noxious gas was being transferred from one boiler to another and was not supposed to vent into the air at all.

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PRT Growing Services Ltd. Agrees to $4.45 Per Common Share Acquisition Proposal From Mill Road Capital, L.P.

Marketwire press release
November 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRT Growing Services Ltd (“PRT” or the “Corporation”) and Mill Road Capital, L.P. (“Mill Road”) have entered into a definitive agreement (the “Agreement”) pursuant to which an entity controlled by Mill Road will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of PRT for $4.45 in cash in respect of each common share.

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Sawmill open for business

Terrace Standard
November 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A full crew of Terrace workers showed up for shift Monday as Skeena Sawmills swung into full operation. The sawmill, which prior to this summer hadn’t cut a log since 2007, now employs 50 local workers and is expected to hire more according to mill officials. After a lumber-making test period this summer, the sawmill has secured enough buyers for its lumber to operate from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. “That means employment for the people in Terrace first and foremost,” said Gian Sandhu, spokesman for Roc Holdings Ltd., the company which owns the mill.

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New Planer Mill For Williams Lake

250 News
November 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Williams Lake, BC – October was a bright month for West Fraser Timber… Not only did the forest company post third quarter earnings of $55-million dollars and earnings of $1.27 per share on sales of $772-million, it announced plans to construct a new planer mill at its sawmill in Williams Lake and has entered into an agreement to buy a sawmill in Edson, Alberta.

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Closure of NS mill will affect town’s bottom line, mayor warns

CTV News
November 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HANTSPORT, N.S. — The impending closure of the Minas Basin Pulp and Power paper mill will be a huge loss, the town’s newly elected mayor said Friday. Rob Zwicker, who will be sworn into office next week, said the plant was a staple in the community of 1,160 and Thursday’s announcement that the 85-year-old operation will shut down in December was a surprise. “It’s deeply entrenched in the community and it comes as quite a shock and quite a loss, especially for the employees and their families,” Zwicker said in an interview.

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Closing mill’s clients won’t go without

Parent firm lines up alternative sources of paperboard
Chronicle Herald
November 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The impending closure of a Hantsport mill will not affect related companies it sold products to.  . …But the parent company has lined up alternative sources for materials to fill the void that will be left by the mill’s shutdown. “In the past we have taken advantage of our vertical integration,” Robert Patzelt, senior corporate development vice-president, said in an interview. “However, Minas was only one of many suppliers to those companies and they have been replaced with alternate suppliers. We have already made arrangements for any changes that need to be made.”

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Lumber demand grows in US

Chronicle Journal
November 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources is ready to help open idled sawmills in Northwestern Ontario should U.S. demand for lumber continue to grow. “I am pleased to see signs of improving markets for forest products that are made in Ontario,” Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle said Saturday.  “This will have a positive impact on businesses, communities and First Nations across the province.” Gravelle noted that the “MNR will certainly continue to work with any sawmill owner who comes forward with a plan to reopen their mill.”

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Miramichi mill reopens after almost 6 years

More than 100 people working at mill, 200 in community
CBC News
November 2, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A mill in Miramichi officially reopened on Friday after being closed for almost six years. The mill is expected to reach full operation by the spring of 2013, officials have said. …Arbec Forest Products Inc., of Quebec, purchased the mill, formerly owned by Weyerhaeuser, in January for $31 million. The provincial and federal governments provided more than $17 million to Arbec to refurbish the facility and get it back up and running.

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Spanish softwood lumber imports down 24% in H1

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
November 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Spain‘s softwood lumber imports plunged again by 24% year-on-year to 367,969 m³ in the first six months due to a constantly weak demand. According to information from the Spanish timber importers and timber industry association, imports from other European countries stood at 332,709 m³, which equates to a reduction by 22%. As such, 90 % of Spain‘s softwood lumber imports came from Europe. END

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Norske Skog’s 3Q 2012: Good cash flow and lower debt

Pulp and Paper News
November 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Norske Skog recently published its third quarter results. Good capacity utilisation, with high export levels and lower costs, counteracted the effects of the weak market development in Europe and Australia. The significant reduction in debt was a result of strong cash flow. Gross operating earnings in the third quarter were NOK 365 million, compared to NOK 393 million in the previous quarter. The weak markets in Europe and Australasia were offset by lower variable- and fixed costs and effective production adjustments.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

VIDEO Wood Solutions Fair in Vancouver Journal of Commerce

Journal of Commerce
November 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

With the introduction by the British Columbia government a few years ago of the Wood First Act, interest in wood based construction and design has soared, and the Wood Solutions Fair has grown in response to a swell of new wood-based projects. Mary Tracey, the executive director of Wood WORKS! BC was on hand at the fair to talk to the Journal of Commerce about the many wood projects underway both in BC and across the country, as well as the scope of the fair itself.

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Forestry

Province grapples with forest health, harvests after pine beetle

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
November 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Burns Lake logging contractor Klaus Posselt hears of the shortage of wood caused by the mountain pine beetle and provincial efforts to ensure enough sawlogs to keep the Interior’s major sawmills in timber, he shakes his head in dismay. …. Despite those losses, Posselt said, wood that could be salvaged is still being wasted because government policy has not adapted to the new reality of B.C.’s dying pine forests. When Posselt’s company, Tahtsa Timber, logs a stand, his crew will leave 30 per cent of the volume of timber behind because it’s too decayed or dried out for sawmilling.

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Funds To Help Western Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners

Government of Nova Scotia
November 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

More woodlot owners in western Nova Scotia can build and upgrade access roads to move products, make silviculture work easier and increase forest fire protection with a $500,000 investment by the province. “People in western Nova Scotia, where the Bowater mill’s closure has the greatest effect, deserve this kind of support for their local economy,” said Queens MLA Vicki Conrad, on behalf of Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “We are advancing the provincial natural resources strategy by engaging and helping small, private land owners to improve the management of their forested lands.”

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Mountain meadows dwindling in the Pacific Northwest

Eureka! Science News
November 2, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Some high mountain meadows in the Pacific Northwest are declining rapidly due to climate change, a study suggests, as reduced snowpacks, longer growing seasons and other factors allow trees to invade these unique ecosystems that once were carpeted with grasses, shrubs and wildflowers. The process appears to have been going on for decades, but was highlighted in one recent analysis of Jefferson Park, a subalpine meadow complex in the central Oregon Cascade Range, in which tree occupation rose from 8 percent in 1950 to 35 percent in 2007.

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Ex-MC man gets award from foresters

Mason City Globe Gazette
November 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOURI VALLEY — Brent Olson, 49, of Missouri Valley and formerly of Mason City, was recently awarded the Presidential Field Forester Award from the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Forester at the Loess Hills State Forest in western Iowa, Olson was one of nine to receive the award at the SAF National Convention Oct. 24-28 in Spokane, Wash. The honor recognizes forestry professionals who have displayed uncommon talent and innovative methods in the art and science of forest management “I was very humbled and honored because it comes from my peers,” said Olson, 49.

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Greens reject intervention

ABC News, Australia
November 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Greens leader Nick McKim has rejected calls for the State Government to intervene further in the forest peace process. Talks collapsed a week ago but informal discussions are continuing. The Opposition and timber industry supporters said it was time for a different approach to solve the forest wars. But Mr McKim urged patience.

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Ash dieback in Denmark shows what is in store for British forests

Denmark quickly realised there was no way of stopping ash dieback, but there is a glimmer of hope in the Scandinavian forest that a programme to find healthy trees can succeed.
Telegraph.co.uk
November 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…“When you get the fungus in your woods, there really isn’t anything you can do,” says Ditte Olrik, a biologist with the Danish Nature Agency. …The fungus has been a disaster for Denmark’s foresters, wiping out the most valuable timber they grow. The Danish Forest Association believes it has cost their members around £30 million. … Now foresters everywhere are cutting their trees as soon as the fungus shows up, producing, rather bizarrely, a glut in the market of a tree which will soon almost vanish.

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Forest industry supporters promise protests of their own. (video)

ABC News, Australia
November 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s timber industry supporters have warned of a summer of counter-protests as the forest war heats up.

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Report reveals shrinking forest workforce

ABC News, Australia
November 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Analysis of census data has revealed forestry is one of Tasmania’s smallest employers. Canberra-based think tank the Australia Institute has found logging and forestry employed 975 workers in Tasmania last year. The findings contrast with a recent poll by the institute, showing the average Tasmanian thinks forestry and logging employs 20 per cent of the workforce. The institute’s director Dr Richard Denniss says in reality it is just 2 per cent.

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Talks continue on forestry peace agreement

The Advocate
November 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

PREMIER Lara Giddings says round-the-clock talks are continuing in a bid to salvage a forestry peace agreement.  “It’s taken I think the shock in a sense of realising what life will be like without an agreement that is really helping people to sharpen their minds and pencils around what we might need to have in order to reach an agreement,” Ms Giddings said yesterday. Talks collapsed a week ago, but “informal” discussions have been occurring, leaving open the possibility of reaching an agreement. Members of Forest Industries Association of Tasmania met in Launceston yesterday to discuss their next move.

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Ash dieback: Government faces possible legal action

BBC News
November 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A nursery forced to destroy 50,000 ash trees after dieback fungal disease was found is considering taking legal action against the government for failing to block imports sooner. Simon Ellis of Crowders in Lincolnshire says the disease was found in 15 trees in June but officials issued an order preventing the firm from taking action. The disease has now been confirmed at 52 locations in England and Scotland.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

As forest carbon credit market grows, REDD fails to keep pace, finds report

Mongabay.com
November 5, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forest carbon credits reached a record market value in 2011, but the market for credits generated under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) mechanism fell sharply, as new projects were slower-than-expected to develop and faced political and economic headwinds, reports a new assessment of the global forest carbon market published by Ecosystem Marketplace. The report says that REDD was slowed by “a new host of operational and political complications”..

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