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Daily Archives: November 14, 2012

Business & Politics

EACOM Timber Corporation announces its third quarter results

Equities.com
November 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL and VANCOUVER, – EACOM Timber Corporation is pleased to announce its third quarter results for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 and the commencement of the reconstruction of its Timmins mill. The third quarter saw a continuation of the significant improvement in housing activity which had a positive impact on lumber consumption, contributing to a stronger pricing environment and higher mill realizations for the Company.

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Reorganization drives Q3 profit for Catalyst Paper

Canada Newswire press release
November 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC, – A significant one-time credit arising from reorganization gains and “fresh-start accounting” valuation adjustments resulted in third quarter net earnings of $655.7 million for Catalyst Paper. The company emerged from creditor protection on September 13, 2012 with significant debt and cost-structure improvements. Net earnings this quarter contrast with a net loss of $11.7 million the quarter before. Sales were essentially unchanged at $265.7 million.

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Surrey mill fire spurs lawsuit

Business in Vancouver
November 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fraserview Cedar Products Ltd. and Fraserview Re-manufacturing Inc. are being sued for unspecified damages as a result of one of the many recent mill fires in B.C. in the past few years. 591957 B.C. Ltd. owned a five-acre property in Surrey near the intersection of 144 Street and 66 Avenue on November 8, 2010, when the mill went up in flames as a result of what the property owner claims is the defendants’ negligence, according to a notice of civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court November 6.

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Dismissal law now favours employees

Financial Post
November 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Like gold, housing and the market, wrongful dismissal is cyclical. Just
as I’ve been advising employers for the past several years that the law
favours them, it has changed yet again.. …But if judges’ awards are skyrocketing, jury decisions have shot over the moon. When Babine Forest Products failed in its attempt to make Larry Higginson’s life so miserable he would quit, it created bogus allegations of cause. Living and working in Burns Lake, B.C., it couldn’t help but ruin his reputation. This past July, a jury awarded him what was then the highest punitive damages award ever ordered in a wrongful dismissal case: $573,000.

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Skills training and community support for Burns Lake

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
BC Government
November 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE – Since the Babine Forest Products mill accident in January, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Pat Bell and ministry staff have been working with local MLA John Rustad, municipal leaders, First Nations Chiefs, and union and industry representatives to help the community recover. To assist displaced workers and their families, the B.C. government is hosting a BC Jobs Start Here jobs fair in Burns Lake today with over 20 businesses, post-secondary institutions, industry associations, training authorities and health authorities.

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Bowater buyout raises concerns

November 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

…. The province has been in talks with mill owner Resolute Forest Products Inc. of Montreal about the assets, which include 220,000 hectares of land. … Premier Darrell Dexter said the province was worried about the possibility of a foreign buyer purchasing the land and shipping the timber out before it was processed, which would be a “significant infringement on the economic interest of the province.” Dexter said the province has to take control of its own destiny in the forestry and other sectors.

Nova Scotia government interested in buy assets of shuttered paper mill from the Canadian Press

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Mill pact tightens rules for owner

Chronicle Herald
November 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province’s agreement with Port Hawkesbury Paper marks the first change in access to Crown land in northern Nova Scotia in about 50 years. The licensing agreement significantly tightens the rules the new owner of the Point Tupper paper mill will cut under compared to previous owners NewPage Port Hawkesbury Corp. and Stora-Enso North America.

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Lumber Gets Pricey in Wake of Sandy and Housing Recovery

Woodworking Network
November 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

A housing recovery and a hurricane are driving up the price of lumber, at a time when we would expect a normal seasonal drop. Lumber futures, contracts to buy large volumes of boards for delivery in January, March, May, July, September and November, have been rising on the tradiing exchange owing to the improvement in home buying and home construction. Since Hurricane Sandy they have reached their highest point in more than 18 months. Futures through May 2013 are showing similar patterns.

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Verso Paper reports 3Q 2012 results

Pulp and Paper News
November 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Verso Paper recently reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2012. Results for the quarters ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 include: – Adjusted EBITDA before pro forma effects of profitability program of $50.2 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to $23.5 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $64.2 million in the third quarter of 2011. (Note: Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and is defined and reconciled to net income later in this release).

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State projects value slumps Tasmania News

The Mercury
November 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

THE loss of the Tamar Valley pulp mill project has seen the value of major investments planned for Tasmania plummet by $2.8 billion in the past three months. The Deloitte Access Economics Investment Monitor tracks major projects worth $926 billion nationwide and has found the value of projects planned in Tasmania has slumped by 43 per cent since June this year.

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Protest arrests as Ta Ann targetted again

ABC News, Australia
November 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmania’s Premier has accused wealthy businessmen of bankrolling fringe environmental groups whose protests are threatening the forest industry. Five activists have been charged with trespass-related offences after a protest at Ta Ann’s timber processing site in southern Tasmania. Police removed the protesters who had attached themselves the front gates and machinery at the Judbury mill. …  The Premier, Lara Giddings, told Parliament she was absolutely
appalled by the action, saying it put at risk informal talks to end
Tasmania’s decades-long forest wars.  She accused rich businessmen of bankrolling the fringe environmental groups.

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Asia Pulp and Paper Achieves Highest Standards of Timber Legality Certification

Business Wire
November 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has received the SVLK timber legality certification on its ninth and final mill, confirming that it meets the highest standards of Indonesian wood legality throughout its entire manufacturing facilities. SVLK is the Indonesian Timber Legality Assurance System. The new system creates a more rigorous chain of custody process designed to ensure the mills only receive and process timber from legal sources, and that all products exported from the country are traceable to verifiable points of origin.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood burning cell phone chargers at the Sandy NYC disaster

Examiner.com
November 3, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The Biolite wood burning (or biomass) cell phone charger has been photographed at the NYC disaster area. NYC disaster survivors are using the “hot” little invention to recharge their gadgets in “no-juice” zones. We spotted the little device for the first time in a twitpic posted originally by BuzzFeedAndrew. The posting was found on the Twitter Discover page today, November 3, 2012. This columnist just had to do a search for this impressive little firepot device. The Biolite site was found and we have highlights.

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Forestry

Pine beetles are thriving in frigid B.C. winters, study finds

The Province
November 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dr. Dezene Huber has spent many a cold day in the forests of northern B.C. trying to learn more about a superbug decimating the woodlands of Western Canada. With the mountain pine beetle infestation already spreading over the Rockies and into the pine forests of Alberta, University of Northern B.C. researcher Huber has spent the past five years trying to determine why the insect keeps thriving in the extreme cold of northern winters. Researchers know the beetle has shown great resilience and Huber’s work is the first large-scale look at what’s going on in pine beetle larvae as they physiologically prepare for winter and then become adult beetles in the spring.

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B.C. urged to block planned run-of-river project in globally significant inland rainforest

November 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An Alberta company is proposing to build a run-of-river power facility in a globally significant interior temperate rainforest near Revelstoke renowned for its grizzly bears, ancient trees and rich biodiversity including rare lichens and at-risk bull trout. . …A B.C. forests ministry report in 2004 confirmed the upper Incomappleux as a “biodiversity hotspot” and a “rare forest type of global significance.” Since then, there has been no logging, even though the area does not enjoy formal protection.

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Conservation group protects rare forest in western New Brunswick

Canadian Press
November 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

WOODSTOCK, N.B. – A conservation group is purchasing a plot of forested land in western New Brunswick to protect rare species of trees and plants. The Nature Conservancy of Canada says the 17-hectare property west of Woodstock has belonged to the same family for 150 years. The trees there, remnants of Appalachian Hardwood Forest, include white ash, basswood, ironwood and endangered butternut.

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The Ethics of Forest Certification: When Unintended Consequences Result

National Legal and Policy Center
November 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The battle lines are forming over competing forest certification standards. Such certifications are evidence to consumers that the forest product they may be purchasing has been certified to meet certain environmental standards. The well-intended purpose is to help stop a variety of abusive forestry practices. Products that met the standards were stamped with the forest certification logo of whichever group’s standards were met. As an added measure, the standards were to be ensured by third-party inspectors.

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Bitterroot beetle control efforts wind down for the year

KPAX-TV
November 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – This year’s efforts to control the spread of mountain pine beetles on Bitterroot National Forest lands is winding down. But forest managers still have one more major project to launch in the next few weeks, and plans to continue the attack next year. Bitterroot National Forest managers have spent this year in a full-on assault against the mountain pine beetle, using sprays, patches, and chainsaws, in hopes of at least limiting the insects’ spread through the forests.

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Forests study a grand merger

Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee combo seen as possible way to reduce costs.
Jackson Hole News&Guide
November 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service’s regional office has told officials with the Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee national forests to study a merger. Regional Forester Harv Forsgren sent a letter about a month ago requesting that Bridger-Teton Supervisor Jacque Buchanan and Caribou-Targhee Supervisor Brent Larson begin investigating a merger, Buchanan said Tuesday. Members of the two forests’ staffs will come up with a recommendation before February. At that time, a preliminary decision could be reached. If the recommendation is to merge and that occurs, the result would be the largest national forest in the Lower 48.

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Fire 98 percent contained; just one hot spot remains a concern

Mount Airy News
November 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Monday night’s rain has caused North Carolina Forest Service and Division of Parks and Recreation officials to re-evaluate plans for using volunteer fire department tankers on a large scale to help mop up forest fire hot spots. According to Forest Service Public Information Officer David Brown, the fire is now 98 percent contained. Officials used GPS data to more accurately map the containment lines around the fire and have set the amount of acreage affected at 675 acres.

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Commission faces audit into native logging

The West Australian
November 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WA Auditor-General Colin Murphy has launched an inquiry into the Forest Products Commission’s operations, sparking further debate about the viability of native forest logging. The inquiry will test whether the FPC has appropriate controls for estimating timber volumes and to reduce the risk of it not meeting contractual commitments, according to Mr Murphy’s website. The audit will also look at whether processes for selling native forest products are consistent with State Government and FPC policies.

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Investors and timber market keep woodland prices rising

Farmers Weekly UK
November 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Woodland values continue to see strong gains and stand about 20% higher than two years ago, underpinned by demand from private investors and a bullish outlook for the timber market. The rise outstrips that seen for agricultural land, with both commercial and amenity woodlands selling well, said John Clegg of John Clegg & Co, Buckinghamshire. Prices for commercial woodland, mainly Sitka spruce in Scotland, northern England and Wales, typically range from £1,500-5,000/acre, depending on size, thinning regimes/timber volumes, location and point in the rotation.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

California to debut landmark cap-and-trade system

Associated Press
November 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

SAN FRANCISCO – California is debuting its new, landmark cap-and-trade program with an auction of greenhouse gas pollution permits, despite an eleventh-hour lawsuit filed by the state’s largest business group. The cap-and-trade plan is a central piece of the state’s 2006 global warming law, AB32, a suite of regulations meant to reduce dramatically the state’s emissions of heat-trapping gases.

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The price of forest carbon credits has doubled

Pulp and Paper News
November 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The price of forest carbon credits doubled in 2011, leading to a record market value of $237 million according to the latest Ecosystem Marketplace survey of forest carbon markets, Leveraging the Landscape: State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2012. The report examines a variety of strategies for injecting financial resources into projects that save or plant forests that capture carbon. Carbon offsets from these projects averaged $9.2 per tonne of sequestered carbon in 2011, up from $5.5 per tonne in 2010.

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Back Biomass campaign publishes fact sheet on biomass

Renewable Energy Magazine
November 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has issued a statement and fact sheet on biomass in response to a report criticising subsidies for biomass. The fact sheet explains that generating electricity and heat from biomass is an increasingly important tool in the fight against climate change. If biomass is sustainably sourced, it should have a beneficial impact on forest management and lead to a substantial saving in greenhouse gas emissions across the supply chain compared to fossil fuels. When wood or plant material is burned, the carbon released into the atmosphere has only been locked away for the lifetime of that tree or plant.

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General

Bowater buyout raises concerns

November 14, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

…. The province has been in talks with mill owner Resolute Forest Products Inc. of Montreal about the assets, which include 220,000 hectares of land. … Premier Darrell Dexter said the province was worried about the possibility of a foreign buyer purchasing the land and shipping the timber out before it was processed, which would be a “significant infringement on the economic interest of the province.” Dexter said the province has to take control of its own destiny in the forestry and other sectors.

Nova Scotia government interested in buy assets of shuttered paper mill from the Canadian Press

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B.C. urged to block planned run-of-river project in globally significant inland rainforest

November 14, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

An Alberta company is proposing to build a run-of-river power facility in a globally significant interior temperate rainforest near Revelstoke renowned for its grizzly bears, ancient trees and rich biodiversity including rare lichens and at-risk bull trout. . …A B.C. forests ministry report in 2004 confirmed the upper Incomappleux as a “biodiversity hotspot” and a “rare forest type of global significance.” Since then, there has been no logging, even though the area does not enjoy formal protection.

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