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Daily Archives: November 15, 2012

Business & Politics

Tembec losses soar in Q4, full year

Impairment charge relates to idling pulp mill in British Columbia
Canadian Press
November 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL — Forest products company Tembec Inc. reported Thursday that its net loss soared to $47 million in the fourth quarter and to $82 million for the full year, partly due to a charge related to its recently idled pulp mill in Chetwynd, B.C. The Montreal-based pulp, paper and lumber producer said it lost 47 cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 29. That compared with a net loss of 17 cents per share or $17 million in the comparable prior-year period.

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For Fortress Paper, pulp-for-rayon plan still unfolding

Globe and Mail
November 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Chad Wasilenkoff is on a hand-holding tour, addressing investor worries over the way his grand project is unfolding. His idea is to buy rusty old, money-losing paper pulp mills and reinvent them as producers of a type of pulp used in the manufacture of rayon and viscose. Rayon is supposed to have a bright future as a popular replacement for cotton in the clothing industry in places like India and southern China. As demand for rayon rises, so too does it for the specialty pulp – known as dissolving pulp – produced at the Thurso, Que. mill owned by Mr. Wasilenkoff’s Vancouver-based company, Fortress Paper Ltd.

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Catalyst Paper receives conditional approval for listing of new common shares on TSX

PR Newswire
November 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC, — /PRNewswire/ – Catalyst Paper announced today that it has received conditional approval for the listing of its new common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The listing is subject to standard conditions and Catalyst expects to satisfy these conditions in the near future. Catalyst anticipates that its common shares will be listed for trading within the next 30 days and will issue a release in advance of the anticipated listing date.

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Bowater lands: NS should be resolute with Resolute

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

IT’S no secret the Dexter government has been talking for months with Resolute Forest Products about buying 220,000 hectares of forest held by the former Bowater Mersey Paper Co. The province has good long-term reasons to do this, as long as the price and the vision of what can be done with this asset are right. … There’s a public interest in preventing this asset being sold for a fire-sale price and stripped for export logs, chips and fuel that would provide little value to the province.

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Atlantic Packaging plans to reopen Whitby mill in Canada

Lesprom
November 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Atlantic Packaging Products plans to re-open their Whitby Ontario Mill in March of 2013. The former newsprint mill has been upgraded with technology that will allow Atlantic Packaging to produce 100% recycled lightweight paper used to manufacture high performance corrugated packaging products, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

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Michigan Hardwood Producer Works to Enlarge, Restart Sawmill:

Building-Products.com
November 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Besse Forest Products, Gladstone, Mi., is trying to secure tax incentives that would allow the expansion and reopening of its hardwood sawmill in Escanaba, Mi.
The company is considering building new structures and buying new equipment to increase current capacity, according to c.f.o. Dan LaMarche. The increased capacity is needed in the wake of a fire at its sawmill in Newberry, Mi.

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Timber assistance offer widened

ABC News, Australia
November 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The South Australian Government says it is opening up a $27 million assistance package to all timber milling businesses in the south-east after it failed to reach an agreement with Carter Holt Harvey. The funding was announced after news of the sale of forestry forward rotations. Carter Holt Harvey previously warned more than 1,000 jobs could be at risk in the region because of the sale.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Stump style blooms at culture crawl

Tanja Hinder and Michael Host bring the forest into urban homes with their unique creations
Vancouver Sun
November 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

We rarely think of furniture as being the product of a love affair. But love is behind the furniture made by Tanja Hinder and Michael Host that will be on display during the Eastside Culture Crawl this weekend. Their marriage of tree stumps are refined with stripping, levelling and sanding to a satin-smooth finish with a glacier-like nontoxic resin that flows like lava into moulds. It makes not just furniture but works of art. The stumps form the base and the inlays; the resin produces the flat surface. It is form meeting function.

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Contemporary mid-rise wins award for its wood construction

Ottawa Citizen
November 12, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

An infill condo project in the ByWard Market has won an award from the Canadian Wood Council for its creative use of wood frame construction in a tight spot. 360 Lofts, a 38-unit mid-rise building on Cumberland Street, won the multi-unit wood design award Wednesday for demonstrating “the significant construction advantages wood can bring to urban infill projects,” according to a release from the council. Submitted by architect Toon Dreessen and Tega Homes, the boutique-style building was finished last year.

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20-storey buildings … made of wood?

Globe and Mail
November 14, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building

When Michael Green imagines the buildings of the future, he sees skylines built from a material that is not only cheaper and more environmentally friendly than steel and concrete, but one that has a distinctly Canadian feel. Now the Vancouver architect just has to convince the country of the benefits of wood skyscrapers, which are beginning to crop up in several countries around the world. …If “mass timber” is to achieve mass popularity, however, it will have to overcome significant skepticism about its safety.

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Forestry

Ottawa denies funding for wildfire prevention program

FireSmart hoped to develop national standards to protect forested communities
Canadian Press
November 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The federal government has turned down a request for support from a group that is working to protect communities from wildfires such as the one that ravaged Slave Lake, Alberta. FireSmart Canada asked Ottawa for about $1 million over two years in seed money to help get its national program off the ground. The money was to be used to develop and promote a national standard of wildfire prevention planning information for municipalities located within forests and for rural homeowners.

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Wolf management plan released for public comment

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
November 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations today released the province’s draft wolf management plan, inviting public comment on its contents until Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. The plan proposes a balanced approach to wolf management in B.C., which ensures a self-sustaining population where wolves can fulfil their ecological role, and meet the cultural, recreational, and economic needs of society.

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New USFS director starts job in Missoula

KPAX-TV
November 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA – A new director with the U.S. Forest Service is bringing a long history of experience to the job, to go along with his long title. Tuesday marked the first day on the job for George Bain, the new director of Recreation, Lands, Minerals, Heritage and Wilderness for the Northern Region. Bain says it’s critical that everyone has access to public lands, and he also wants to take advantage of the 12 million recreational visitors that head to Montana each year.

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State withdraws timber sales over sea bird nesting

Associated Press
November 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry has quietly withdrawn more timber sales that are the target of a lawsuit by conservation groups trying to protect nesting trees for a threatened sea bird called the marbled murrelet. The annual operations plan for the Coos District, dated September 19, says the Elliott State Forest will look for alternative timber to sell while the lawsuit over protections for marbled murrelet habitat moves through federal court. The move comes on top of a decision to withdraw other timber last July.

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Workers turn state forest’s downed trees into lumber

New Jersey Herald
November 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

When life gives you lumber, make lean-tos. When Hurricane Sandy blasted Stokes State Forest, it took down thousands of oaks, ashes, pines and maples. To make the best of the disaster, the State Park Service will use the wood for future projects and repairs in parks throughout northern New Jersey. “The state parks suffered minor damage, but Stokes got decimated,” said State Park Service Project Specialist Frank Hennion. …”(The downed trees) were (piled) 15 feet high,” Hennion said. “It was so dense, you couldn’t walk through it. Our state park people never would have been able to do this. It would have taken years.”

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Forestry looks for extra firefighters

ABC News, Australia
November 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania is preparing for the coming bushfire season with fewer firefighters on the ground. The latest bushfire awareness campaign was launched yesterday with a renewed appeal for residents not to be complacent. The state-owned company believes it will need extra resources from other fire-fighting agencies. Spokesman Barry Hunt says the reduced workforce is having an impact on preparations. “We’re probably 40 less, or 50 operational fire fighters less,” he said.

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Forestry development – an opportunity for every landowner

Farming Life
November 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE last 20 years have seen an ongoing regeneration of the woodland/forestry sector in this part of the world. After centuries of clear felling, landowners have again started planting trees in significant numbers. And slowly but surely, we are now beginning to see the impact of this in terms of a changing rural landscape. But it’s only in very few locations that large scale plantings have been undertaken: for the most part growth has been achieved on the back of farmers and other landowners committing small parcels of land (up to 10 acres) toward woodland development.

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Libs seek McKim’s sacking over protest backing

ABC News, Australia
November 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Premier has backed Education Minister Nick McKim despite his support for forest protests which she has labelled appalling. The Opposition wants the Greens leader sacked from Cabinet for justifying continuing anti-forestry protests. Mr McKim has compared anti-forestry protesters to heroic freedom fighters, including Nelson Mandela. Five people were charged yesterday with trespass after chaining themselves to property at Ta Ann’s timber mill at Judbury in the state’s south.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Power plant could burn biomass, says union

‘We see it as a viable option,’ says union head
CBC News
November 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Power Workers Union is proposing another option for the future of the Thunder Bay power plant. It says Ontario Power Generation should look at converting the Thunder Bay Generating Station to burn forest biomass. “We see it as a viable option, in addition to using gas from a gas conversion,” said union president Don MacKinnon. “It brings the forestry products folks into the picture.” “We’ve spent a lot of time lobbying politicians and other folks to try and get our point of view across on the benefits of conversion of the Thunder Bay plant,” he added.

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Biomass energy industry hits back at

Click Green
November 14, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Back Biomass campaign has hit back at report claims that Government plans to subsidise wood-fired power stations will increase carbon emissions. Campaign chiefs claim biomass is a renewable, low-carbon fuel and generating electricity and heat from biomass is an increasingly important tool in the fight against climate change. They say if biomass fuel 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.

Biomass ‘dirtier than coal’ based on “misleading information” from the Energy Live News

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