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Daily Archives: November 9, 2012

Business & Politics

Closing the resource-sector gender gap

Globe and Mail
November 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Women make up a tiny fraction of directors on boards of natural resource companies, a situation that is slowing Canada’s progress on board diversity because the industry accounts for such a large portion of total board seats, a new study says.  Boards of mining, energy, forestry and agriculture companies account for 25 per cent of all directors at Canada’s 500 largest organizations, according to the Canadian Board Diversity Council’s new annual report card. But those boards have only 7.7 per cent female directors, in total.

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Chinese wealth fund on verge of taking Island Timberlands stake

by Gordon Hamilton – Report of $100-million deal comes as Canada debates investment policies
Vancouver Sun
November 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

China Investment Corp., one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, is close to closing a $100-million deal to purchase a stake in Vancouver Island forest company Island Timberlands, according to the Wall Street Journal. The reported move by China into B.C. timber comes at a time when the federal government is reviewing its policies on foreign investment by state-owned funds and less than three weeks after Ottawa rejected a $5.7-billion natural gas purchase by Malaysian state-owned oil giant Petronas.

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Tembec fire investigation wraps

Kootenay News Advertiser
November 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The investigation by Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services into last Thursday night’s fire at the Tembec planer mill wrapped up Friday afternoon. Investigators indicate that the cause is undetermined and deem the fire as not suspicious in nature. The Tembec planer mill facility has been closed and unused for several months. Neither the kiln nor the finger joint plant on the property was involved in the fire. The property has now been turned back over to Tembec. The company will be working to secure the site and begin clean up.

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Reopened mill brings workers back to Miramichi

More than 100 people working at mill
CBC News
November 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A once-closed mill in Miramichi ramped up its production to 24 hours a day this week, bringing hope to the northern community and its workers back home. “I’m seeing nothing but smiles out there,” said employee Ivan Wood. He worked at the mill in Miramichi, formerly owned by Weyerhaeuser, for 19 years before it closed in February 2007, putting 150 mill workers out of work. After being forced to take work in Ontario to make ends meet, he couldn’t be happier to be back in Miramichi working as the mill’s maintenance superintendent.

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Liverpool residents fight to save town after mill closure

CTV News
November 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

When the Bowater Mersey paper mill closed in Nova Scotia’s Queens County, it dealt a significant blow to the community of Liverpool. While it was not necessarily the devastating downfall many expected, some say the worst is yet to come. Liverpool is a colourful town tucked between the sea and thick coastal forests, in the heart of the Region of Queens Municipality. Its population of 11,000 is significantly older, on average, than people throughout the rest of Nova Scotia, and in Canada.

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Resolute head can pursue online critic

Judge orders Eastlink to ID account holder
Chronicle Herald
November 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products Canada Inc. president and CEO Richard Garneau has been given the green light to pursue whoever allegedly defamed him by calling him “a sleazy, arrogant sack of sh–” who deserved “to be thrown into a nice deep hole full of venomous snakes” in anonymous online postings.  …The article referred to debt reduction and share buy-back plans by
Resolute, which earlier this year closed the Bowater Mersey paper mill
in Queens County, throwing hundreds of people out of work.

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Resolute Forest Products Announces Two Major Investments in its Comtois and Senneterre Sawmills

Canada Newswire press release
November 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL, – Resolute Forest Products announced two major investments today, totaling C$11 million, at its Comtois sawmill in Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Quebec, and its Senneterre, Quebec, sawmill. At the Comtois sawmill, $9 million will be invested in the construction of a new saw line. This equipment will enhance the sawmill’s performance by increasing the volume of lumber produced and reducing fiber loss. The $2 million investment at the Senneterre sawmill will improve the performance of the planing complex.

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Buy Trees…Sell Timber

The Daily Reckoning
November 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

At the recent Grant’s Fall Investment Conference, I heard Bob Saul deliver a presentation on investing in US timberland. Saul is a director at the very accomplished investment firm, Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo, and is a longtime investor in timberland. He knows his way around trees as well as anyone. And I expected to hear about the great wealth-preserving power of timberland and how to invest. Nope. Saul’s outlook was bleak. In so many words, he said now is not the time. One attendee asked: “What do you think about timber REITs?”

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Hard Maple Prices Bump Up, New Life in Red Oak

Woodworking Network
November 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Ash moved well in FAS/1F and #1 Common, with #2 Common less robust. European markets for FAS/1F Ash weren’t as busy as they had been earlier in the year, but increased shipments to other global destinations made up the difference. Yellow Birch remained a tough sell, especially in the upper-grades. Sellers struggled to obtain orders for FAS/1F Cherry; no matter what the color sort, buyers were just not interested. #1 and #2 Common Cherry were fair movers.

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Stella-Jones announces construction of a new wood treating facility in Georgia

Lesprom
November 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Stella-Jones Inc. announced that it has begun construction of a new wood treating facility on a 40-acre tract of land in Cordele, Georgia, approximately 225 kilometers (140 miles) south of Atlanta. The project represents an investment of approximately US$11.0 million for Stella-Jones, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. The Cordele facility will be primarily devoted to the production of railway ties, with an ultimate annual capacity of two million ties.

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Perceptible decline in prices for industrial wood in Norway

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
November 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Whereas development in prices for softwood logs was stable in Norway in August and September, those for industrial soft and above all industrial hardwood continued to fall below the previous months’ levels. Data from the Norwegian agricultural agency shows that the nationwide average for spruce logs in September was NOK404/m³ ex forest road.

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APP Engages Former U.S. Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat as Advisor

Business Wire
November 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP), one of the world’s largest paper manufacturers, today announced that it has partnered with Covington & Burling LLP, a leading international law firm, and the head of its international practice, former Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, to support APP’s programs to ensure APP’s trade and sustainability compliance in North America. The partnership follows site visits by the Covington & Burling team to view APP’s operations and briefings with APP leadership, government officials and forestry experts.

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NGOs urge Asia Pulp and Paper boycott

November 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

An open letter signed by 60 non-government organisations (NGOs) has been sent to investors in Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) urging them not to back the controversial Indonesian company. The letter, which was sent to banks and financial institutions in 12 countries on Monday (5 November), asks funders to “carefully screen any pulp industry investment projects related to Indonesia, particularly those of companies associated with the Sinar Mas Group, notably APP”.

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Pulp Mills and the lock in effect

Greenpeace blog
November 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper is planning to build a huge new pulp mill in South Sumatra, Indonesia, although the company is still trying to publicly deny it. This will reportedly be one of the world’s biggest pulp mills, with a planned production capacity of up to 2 million tonnes per year. APP is already in contact with large machine building companies in order to source the required equipment. Building new mills without sufficient sources of plantation fibre already being available will be a disaster for the forests, because history has shown that APP’s pulp mills are not only fed by pulp plantations but by rainforests.

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Tembec inaugurates a new steam turbine at its Tartas mill in France

Canada Newswire press release
November 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

MONTREAL,- Tembec inaugurated today a new steam turbine at its Tartas mill in France. This green energy investment of 16 million euros (C$21 million) was announced in December 2010 as part of the Company’s strategy to make this mill a key facility in its core specialty cellulose business. The new turbine has been in operation since June. The project will generate significant benefits in terms of energy production, environmental performance and economic growth, so it is a win-win-win story.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

The North makes its mark at Wood WORKS! Awards

Northern Ontario Business
November 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Sudbury’s Living with Lakes Centre won the Green Building Wood Design Award at the annual Ontario Wood WORKS! gala in Toronto, Nov. 7. J.L. Richards & Associates in association with Perkins + Will were the architects and engineers. The two-storey academic research facility was described by judges as “extraordinary” for its glulam post-and-beam, wood-framed infill walls, and solid wood floor and roof decks. The upper portion is clad in eastern white cedar.

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Forestry

BC Hydro contributes timber to college’s timber framing program

Kootenay News Advertiser
November 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Hydro recently made a contribution to the College of the Rockies (COTR) Trades Training department. As part of the Gold Creek Relocation and Mt. Baker System Upgrade Project, 300 cubic metres of timber needed to be cleared along Gold Creek Road to make way for construction of the new and recently completed, $450K distribution line servicing customer-owned critical telecommunication infrastructure and equipment located on Mt. Baker.

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Trees slash burned for B.C. mega-energy projects

CBC News
November 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC Hydro is warning people living northwestern B.C. of smoke haze in that area as they cut down and burn hundreds of kilometres of timber to make way for the Northwest Transmission Line. …”In clearing the right of way there’s a lot of woody debris that has to be disposed of. And we do have approval… to dispose of that by burning,” said BC Hydro spokesperson Lesley Wood. Wood said she didn’t know the total volume of the wood being burned, only that it is considerable. ..Wood says it isn’t economically viable to use the trees for biofuel or firewood, but says the Nisga’a nation, one of the groups contracted to do the cut and burn, may try to sell some of the timber.

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Protesters vow to fight on against logging on Crown lands despite ruling

Calgary Herald
November 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group of residents and environmentalists vow they will continue to fight logging on Crown lands between the Crowsnest Pass and Waterton Lakes National Park, despite a judge’s dismissal of their application against the provincial government’s now-expired notice of development. “Obviously, we’re a bit disappointed we didn’t get to make our application today, but the justice was pretty clear we can come back and make these arguments,” Gordon Petersen, president of the Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition and member of the ad hoc Stop Castle Logging Group, said outside court.

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B.C. government commits to protect Northern Caribou in the South Peace

Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
November 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Ninety per cent of identified high-elevation winter caribou habitat across the South Peace area will be protected to support the recovery of Northern Caribou, Environment Minister Terry Lake and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today.  Today’s announcement comes as a result of ongoing consultation and collaboration with First Nations and industry representatives on the development of a plan with a goal to increase the current population of Northern Caribou in the South Peace from 1,100 animals to 1,200 animals within three caribou generations.

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Ravalli County Commission approves natural resource policy

Ravalli Republic
November 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – Despite a last-minute appeal by critics asking for more time, the Ravalli County commissioners unanimously approved a natural resource policy Thursday morning. The commission contends the policy will help guide the county in future dealings with public lands managers, including the U.S. Forest Service. Much of the public comment Thursday came from citizens concerned that the county is overreaching with its new policy and that commissioners have not taken enough time to find the middle ground between different interest groups.

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Senators urge USDA action to curb wildfire risk

Associated Press
November 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER — Senators from Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota are encouraging federal officials to use the timber industry to help thin forests prone to wildfires, like ones that raged across their states this summer. In a letter Thursday to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the senators said overgrown forests, drought, vast stretches of trees killed by beetles, and more people living in fire zones have left the West at a critical juncture.

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At work on the world’s largest fir-tree farm

CNNMoney
November 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With the possible exception of making toys or herding reindeer, it’s hard to imagine Mark Arkills doing anything but farming Christmas trees. He has a full white beard, ruddy cheeks, blue eyes, and an ample belly. He’s surveying a vast field of six- and seven-foot-tall Douglas firs growing in neat rows in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Two machete-wielding farmhands are quietly shaping each tree into something appropriate for the living room. “It’s nice and quiet here now,” Arkills says. “But trust me, it won’t be this way for long.”

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Fire breaks out at logging site

Shelby Star
November 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States


Fire officials believe a spark from the repair of a logging machine may have caused a fire that broke out Thursday afternoon on Polkville Road. Workers were clearing trees near 810 Polkville Road. A welder was repairing the machine when a fire started. The fire backed up traffic about a mile on Polkville Road. “I was welding and felt heat underneath me. I jumped back and knew there was a fire somewhere,” said Steve Sane, of Rutherfordton. “I tried putting it out with a fire extinguisher, but it only got bigger.”

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Templer Park logging

The Star Online
November 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WE note with alarm and regret that there is rampant logging and land clearing inside Templer Park, Selangor. We appeal to the authorities to issue an immediate stop-work order and to cancel all developments in areas that have been zoned for conservation. The National Conservation Strategy and the Selangor State Conservation Strategy both note that Templer Park should be protected because the area is rich in wildlife, including birds, reptiles and serow (goat-antelopes).

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Timber firm boosts Green Triangle harvesting

ABC News, Australia
November 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There is more timber harvesting than usual in the Green Triangle region, after AKD Softwoods increased its sawlog requirements. Significant volumes of wood are generally drawn from the region at this time of year. However, AKD says it has increased its volumes after an upgrade to its sawmill and starting a new contract with ForestrySA in July.

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Kenya loses $145 million to deforestation in two years

Ghana Business News
November 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A joint Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report released Monday, November 5, 2012, has revealed that deforestation deprived Kenya’s economy of 6.6 billion shillings ($77million) in 2009 and 5.8 billion shillings ($68 million) in 2010, making it a total of $ 14 in just two years. This, according to the report, far outstrips the roughly 1.3 billion shillings injected from forestry and logging each year.

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Ash dieback will never be completely eradicated from UK’s trees

Newly planted ash trees and diseased specimens found in nurseries will be destroyed under a government action plan announced today to prevent the spread of the deadly chalara disease.
Telegraph.co.uk
November 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

But officials admitted that ash dieback will not be “possible to eradicate” after scientists found the disease had spread to Britain’s mature trees.  With it threatening 80 million trees in Britain, the number of confirmed cases has risen from 115 sites to 129, including 64 cases in woodland, and is expected to spread even further. …There are fears that Britain’s ash trees face a similar fate to its elms, which were destroyed by Dutch elm disease in the 1970s.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Former Sault mill may become biomass research centre

CBC.ca
November 8, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Putting a biomass research centre at the old mill in Sault Ste. Marie may still be an idea — but it’s one that’s growing interest. St. Mary’s Paper died a slow painful death over the last few years, with hundreds of jobs eventually leaving the Sault. Developer Willem Galle bought the old mill with the hope of wiping away some of those bad memories “and at least try to use this space to be part of Sault Ste. Marie’s future,” he said. The owner of Woodstock-based River’s Edge Developments said he hopes to build what some people in the community call a “smart energy park and biotechnology research centre.”

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Carbon Forestry: Environmental Asset Or Liability?

The Ecologist
November 9, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

John Gould asks how a new type of arboreal landscape, designed to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, will impact on wider issues such as sustainability and biodiversity. …However, Patrick Smith, a spokesperson for CO2 Australia, one of country’s leading carbon economy specialist argues that ‘it’s important to remember that the environmental benefits offered by even the simplest carbon forest are typically much greater than the cropping and grazing systems they replace’.

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