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Daily Archives: November 13, 2012

Business & Politics

PRT Growing Services Ltd. Reports Results for the First Nine-Months of 2012

Markwire
November 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA– PRT Growing Services Ltd.  today released its financial results for the nine- and three-months ended September 30, 2012. Forest seedlings generally take from six months to a year or more to grow, with most being grown and harvested within the calendar year.

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Catalyst receives partial payment for Campbell River mill site, gives buyer extension

Campbell River Mirror
November 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Harold Jahn is putting his money where his mouth is. Catalyst Paper announced Friday that it has received partial pre-payment of the $8.6 million purchase price for the Elk Falls site in Campbell River from Pacifica Deep Sea Terminals Incorporated, owned by Harold Jahn. The transaction includes the 400-acre industrial site and adjacent properties. Catalyst has also agreed to grant the purchaser an extension to complete the sale.

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Supercycle for global lumber prices predicted

More B.C. mills predicted to close, but survivors poised to profit from new era of prosperity
Business in Vancouver
November 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two dozen B.C. sawmills have been shuttered since about 2005, and the industry expects at least half a dozen more will be shut down by the middle of the decade as an abundant supply of cheap pine runs out. While that might not be good for the communities that depend on those mills for jobs, it’s not a bad thing for the mills that are left standing, says Russell Taylor, president and CEO of the International Wood Markets Group, because the industry is entering what is expected to be an era of prosperity. “We’ve been predicting a supercycle in lumber prices because we’ve got a bunch of supply constraints going on,” Taylor said.

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N.S. requires Port Hawkesbury Paper mill to buy quota of pulpwood

Canadian Press
November 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HALIFAX — The Port Hawkesbury Paper mill will be required to buy 200,000 tonnes of pulpwood from private wood suppliers annually under an agreement with the Nova Scotia government released Friday. The 20-year deal — which is renewable after a decade — also allows the Cape Breton mill to buy up to 400,000 cubic tonnes of pulpwood harvested from Crown lands. Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker said under prior agreements, there was no requirement that paper mills had to buy a set quota from private woodlot owners. “It’s a much better arrangement for Nova Scotians,” Parker said.

NDP releases forest agreement with Port Hawkesbury mill from CBC news
Paper mill land deal released from the Chronicle Herald

Click here for Forest Utilization License Agreement from Government of Nova Scotia

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Province chases Bowater assets

Chronicle Herald
November 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province is negotiating exclusively with Resolute Forest Products Inc. to acquire most of the assets of the shuttered Bowater Mersey Paper Co. Ltd. The deal would allow the Montreal company to make good on pensions for more than 500 former workers at the Brooklyn, Queens County, plant, and could be inked before the end of the year, said a source familiar with the negotiations.

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Stella-Jones posts solid Q3 results on strong sales from acquisition

CanadianBusiness.com
November 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Stella-Jones Inc. booked solid results for the third quarter, helped by strong sales from a facility in the southern United States that the Montreal-based company acquired late last year. The manufacturer of railway ties and utility poles earned $20.7 million or $1.29 per share in the quarter ended Sept. 30. That’s up from $16.6 million or $1.03 per share in the same 2011 period. Sales increased to $195.4 million from $181.8 million last year.

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Forestry Resources Association to Stress Deregulation to Next Congress

Hardwood Floors Magazine
November 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

With the 2012 elections wrapped up, the Forestry Resources Association (FRA) recently outlined its legislative initiatives for the 113th Congress. Mostly, the FRA is stressing deregulation in the areas of foreign guest workers, independent contractor status determination, industrial boiler emissions, and others. The group wants to change the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) rules for seasonal foreign worker wages; the FRA says the DOL has imposed conditions on reforestation contractors that “make it impossible for them to operate.”

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Buyers circling for Gunns mills

TheMercury.com.au
November 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

RECEIVERS to collapsed timber company Gunns Limited expect a number of binding bids for two timber-processing mills. KordaMentha spokesman Mike Smith said several parties had expressed interest in the Bell Bay softwood mill and a mill at Tarpeena in South Australia after an international advertising campaign. Industry sources say interested parties include Chinese-linked company Kingsland Timber, AKD Softwood, Westpine from Western Australia and Hong Kong-listed Samling Global Ltd.

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Asian firms buy up forestry land

Stuff.co.nz
November 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

More than 4000 hectares of Marlborough land has been sold during the past two months as Asian timber processors move to secure log supplies. Information from the Overseas Investment Office (OIO), the government agency that oversees the sale of land to foreigners, shows that a South Korean-owned company bought almost 2900ha of forestry land in August and a Malaysian-owned company bought almost 1400ha of land in September to plant in trees.

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Finnish forest industry: sawn timber production down, exports up

IHB
November 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

“The competitive ability of the Finnish forest industry is being tested to the extremes by market conditions and the constant rise in costs. Finland must retain a stronger competitive position than our rival countries, as this is the only way to ensure that forest industry operations remain viable in our country,” says Timo Jaatinen, Director General of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation. January-September sawn timber production came to 7.0 million cubic metres, down about 3% from the corresponding period of 2011.

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Forestry employer warns it could quit Tas

The Australian
November 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

MAJOR Tasmanian forestry employer Ta Ann says it could quit the state if there is no peace deal between the industry and environmentalists within two weeks. The Malaysian-owned timber processor says protest action is making it too difficult to continue operations in Tasmania. Ta Ann was on Monday the target of protest group Groundswell activists, who chained themselves to equipment at a mill in the northwest town of Smithton. A tree was also set alight outside the company’s Hobart office.

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Softwood log prices picked up again slightly in Austria

EUWID
November 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Irrespective of what will probably be a 10% lower output of softwood lumber this year, forest owners in Austria were still registering consistently heavy demand for softwood sawlogs at the end of October. The majority of the sawmills are fully receptive at the moment and are still looking for additional volumes of logs. From what converters in the sawmilling industry are saying, however, the supply of spruce/fir logs is still not living up to the expectations.

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Canadian owned pulp, paper mill in France officially goes green

Tembec strives for energy self-sufficiency at its Tartas mill in southern France
Canadian Manufacturing
November 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

MONTREAL—A Quebec firm says a new steam turbine is up and running at its Tartas mill in France. Montreal-based Tembec, a manufacturer of forest products like lumber, pulp, paper and speciality cellulose, says it has officially inaugurated the $21-million turbine, which has been operational since June 2012. According to the company, the new turbine, driven by a biomass boiler, will increase the Tartas mill’s production of green electricity and improve its energy self-sufficiency.

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Forestry union outraged by mill protest

ABC News, Australia
November 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Police have freed protesters who had chained themselves to a conveyor belt at Ta Ann’s veneer mill in Tasmania’s north-west Environment group Groundswell had been protesting against the company’s sourcing of timber from native forests. The forestry union is negotiating a new peace package with green groups on behalf of the Forest Industries Association and is outraged by the Smithton protest. Spokeswoman Jane Calvert says the protesters’ actions are unforgivable and threaten the forestry peace talks.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Timber construction system under development in Wales

Farmers Guardian
November 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

AN innovative timber construction system being developed in Wales could revolutionise the building sector and open up major new markets for farm grown wood. Work is about to start on the first project using the new process — breaking the traditional belief that UK timber is not of high enough quality for construction use. The dowelled timber system has been developed for Welsh conditions using local timber by Woodknowledge Wales, working in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University, Pontrilas Timber and Williams Homes of Bala.

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Prefabs sprout as Britain embraces timber-frame housing

The building giant Persimmon has seen the future. And it’s flat, pre-constructed and modelled on the car industry
The Guardian
November 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Despite Ikea’s involvement in the development of modern flatpack housing, you won’t need an Allen key for assembly; you won’t even have to put it together yourself. After the Swedish company experimented with a prefab village in Gateshead five years ago, one of Britain’s biggest housebuilding companies, Persimmon, is investing heavily in prefabricated housing. …The company prefers to talk about “second-generation closed-panel timber-frame” housing.

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Forestry

Pipeline hearings: Forests would take decades to recover

Prince George Citizen
November 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It could take generations for some areas along the proposed Northern Gateway pipelin e route to be restored to its natural state. Under current routing, the pipeline could intersect with old growth forests in 11 locations and company officials said during National Energy Board hearings on Thursday that it might take 80 years or more for the construction and operation impacts on some plant life to be fully reversed. “We’re not going to wake up one day and the landscape is going to be restored,” Northern Gateway environment director Paul Anderson said during testimony to the Joint Review Panel (JRP) at the Ramada.

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Yaffe: First Nations hold veto over resource development

by Barbara Yaffe
Vancouver Sun
November 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Governments and corporate Canada remain in denial about a new reality: aboriginal groups hold veto power over resource development. In his just-published book, Resource Rulers; Fortune and Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources, Bill Gallagher reviews the legal victories natives have toted up since the 1980s, and draws an intriguing conclusion. He says it’s no longer enough for companies to merely consult on resource projects, they need to invite aboriginals to become partners and co-managers in proposed developments.

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TNC hopes to preserve N. Idaho forest, logging

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

BONNERS FERRY, Idaho – A national environmental group acquired a half of a square mile of moose, elk and bear habitat in northern Idaho in hopes of helping restore its natural qualities before selling it to a private buyer who would be allowed to continue sustainable timber harvests. The Nature Conservancy announced Thursday it acquired a ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and hardwood forest at the foot of Hall Mountain in northern Boundary County, not far from the Canadian border.

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OSU students help create wetlands on former lumber mill property

Project saves money by using volunteers inmates
The Columbian
November 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Engel, a 23-year-old senior in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, was one of six students in Steve Cook’s Geosciences 300 class, Sustainability for the Common Good, who spent several hours Nov. 5 grubbing out weeds and planting willow cuttings on the site of a former lumber mill. The students get course credit, and Benton County gets free labor for an 18-acre wetland restoration project on the site.

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Loggers hope state quarantine on wood won’t hurt business

YNN Hudson Valley
November 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BERKSHIRE COUNTY — “It depends on how the state is going to handle it. It can be handled in a way that our industry will not be deeply affected,” said Peter Borgnis, owner of Lenox Lumber. Those working in the lumber and logging industries in Berkshire County are knocking on wood, hoping that a state quarantine on their products won’t hurt their bottom line. “If they quarantine strictly Berkshire County, it’s going to hurt the lumber industry quite a bit,” explained Borgnis. The state Department of Conservation is limiting the transportation of ashwood after an emerald ash borer beetle was found in Dalton a few months ago.

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Ohio forestry officials seek input from woodland owners in Hocking Hills area on forestry plan

Associated Press
November 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LOGAN, Ohio — State forestry officials are seeking input on an area forestry plan from woodland owners in the Hocking Hills area of southeast Ohio. The Division of Forestry for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is inviting owners with two to 10 acres of woods and area cabin owners to a public meeting Dec. 6 in Logan. The state also is asking them to complete a survey that will be used to help frame the forestry management plan.

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Forestry officials say resistant strands of the plants are infected white pine blister rust

Associated Press
November 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CONCORD, N.H. — Gooseberry and currant plants have made it onto New Hampshire’s most unwanted list. The New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands is declaring a moratorium on the planting of both species of plants. Forestry officials say the so-called “resistant” varieties have consistently turned up infected with the white pine blister rust — a fungus that threatens white pines. Gooseberry and currant plants are well-known hosts of white pine blister rust. Officials say the moratorium is effective immediately and will issue no permits for either plant.

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Texas A&M scientist taking infrared laser look at forests

Science Codex
November 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

COLLEGE STATION – The old adage “you can’t see the forest for the trees” might mean more to Dr. Sorin Popescu than most people. Popescu, a Texas A&M University associate professor in the department of ecosystem science and management, uses remote sensing and other advanced technology to make sure he sees both the individual trees and the overall forest. …Lidar is similar in operation to radar but emits pulsed laser light instead of microwaves. Popescu’s work involves measuring vegetation canopy height as a basis for estimating large-scale biomass and change to that biomass with space-borne lidar sensors.

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Firefighters fight Appalachia forest fire

TriCities.com
November 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

APPALACHIA, Va. — Firefighters plan to stay late tonight to fight a 50-acre forest fire near the town of Appalachia. At least two full-time Virginia Department of Forestry firefighters are on scene, as well as several part time firefighters and volunteer fire departments, said Bill Miller, an assistant forester for the state agency. He said crews have been there since about 8 p.m., and are working to line up other firefighters to come in the morning and finish extinguishing the blaze or mop up hotspots. “The guys are having a tough time containing it because of these high winds,” Miller said.

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Expert calls for no further logging limits

Yahoo!7 News
November 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A forest industry expert says there will be major ramifications if the State Government’s forest management plan further limits areas which can be logged. Submissions closed last week for the Government’s draft forest management plan, which will determine what happens with forests in the state’s south from 2014 until 2023. Plantall Forestry consultant David Wettenhall says there is already an excessive amount of forest area that is protected by conservation reserves and there would be no environmental benefit in further restrictions.

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Foreign loggers and corrupt officials flouting logging moratorium in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Mongabay.com
November 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In 2002 the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced a moratorium on commercial logging in a bid to save rapidly falling forests, however a new report by Global Witness alleges that industrial loggers are finding away around the logging freeze. Through unscrupulous officials, foreign companies are abusing artisanal permits—meant for local community logging—to clear-cut wide swathes of tropical forest in the country. These logging companies are often targeting an endangered tree—wenge (Millettia laurentii)—largely for buyers in China and Europe.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass power stations produce more emissions than coal-fired plants

Click Green
November 12, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Power stations that burn trees as biomass fuel can be more damaging to the environment than coal-fired generating plants, according to a new report by the RSPB, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace. The report uses Government’s own data to show that burning whole trees to generate electricity is worse for the climate than coal: generating power from typical conifer trees results in 49 per cent more emissions than burning coal.

Biomass may hinder climate fight from BBC news

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