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Daily Archives: November 19, 2012

Business & Politics

Resolute Forest Products Increases FSC® Certification from 51% to 65%

Resolute already world’s largest manager of FSC-certified forests
Canada Newswire press release
November 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – Resolute Forest Products has certified an additional 3.5 million hectares (8.6 million acres) of Company-managed forestlands in Quebec to Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) standards. These new certifications raise the total area of Resolute tenures that are FSC-certified in North America to 15.8 million hectares (39 million acres), an area larger than Greece and twice the size of Ireland.

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Fortress foresees becoming Canadian dissolving pulp powerhouse by Tembec merger

By Ross Marowits,
Canadian Press
November 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Fortress Paper has much work to do to calm the fears of nervous investors but the company’s CEO envisages becoming one of the world’s leading dissolving pulp producers by eventually merging with Canadian rival Tembec. “In a perfect world I could see the Tembec, Fortress dissolving pulp entity being very interesting,” Chad Wasilenkoff said during an interview as part of a tour with shareholders, analysts and the media.

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Tolko: no foreseeable opportunity to reopen Creekside mill

Welcome to Williams Lake
November 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Following an extensive operational review of mills in the Williams Lake area, Tolko Industries Ltd. announced today that it does not foresee a reasonable opportunity to reopen its Creekside mill. Operations at the Lakeview and Soda Creek mills will not be affected. “The decision not to reopen the mill was not an easy one to make,” said Mike Harkies, Vice President of Solid Wood.

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Economic Workshop In Burns Lake Today

250 News
November 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Burns Lake, BC – Efforts continue to revitalize the community of Burns Lake, still struggling in the aftermath of last January’s deadly mill explosion. …Today, the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training is sponsoring a workshop for local government and First Nations officials on strategic planning and business development policies aimed at attracting new investment and supporting existing ventures.

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Mill produces value-added product

Coulson Group of Companies develops an old-growth cedar wood flooring that is in high demand
Alberni Valley Times
November 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An expanded lumber mill in the Alberni Valley, owned by Coulson Group of Companies, is taking old-growth cedar wood as far as it can possibly go. The expansion to Coulson Manufacturing Ltd. has created a product that is the first of its kind. It is a strip of plywood with a cedar face, and, according to CEO Wayne Coulson, it allows the mill to produce 10 times the amount of product for a lower cost. “It’s been great,” said Foster Coulson, operations manager for the expansion. We’ve been getting a lot of traction in the market.”

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Boise Cascade Seeks $200M for IPO

Woodworking Network
November 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

BOISE, ID – Boise Cascade LLC, a vertically integrated wood products manufacturer, filed a registration with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an Initial Public Offering of its Common Stock.The proposed maximum offering price is $200 million. The proposed offering will be made only by means of a prospectus through BofA Merrill Lynch or from Goldman, Sachs & Co., Prospectus Department.

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Port of Charleston Log Export Trade With China Resumes

The Journal of Commerce
November 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The first shipments of Southern yellow pine logs to China from South Carolina and Virginia in more than a year left the Port of Charleston’s Wando Welch Terminal recently, as part of a pilot program with the Chinese government to restore limited log trade. The ban on South Carolina and Virginia logs was provisionally lifted earlier this year, after months-long negotiations between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Chinese government regarding pest control.

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Mixed response to timber funds offer – ABC News (Australian …

ABC News, Australia
November 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Family First MLC Robert Brokenshire said a South Australian Government assistance package offered to all south-east timber mills was a step in the right direction. The Government is offering a $27 million package to all mills because it could not come to an agreement to give the package to Carter Holt Harvey.Mr Brokenshire said the funding was welcome but more money was still needed. “What they’ve done is ripped hundreds of millions of dollars of money out of the south-east so they can build stadiums in Adelaide,” he said.

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Fears forestry industry yet to feel full impact of Gunns collapse

ABC Online
November 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A forestry expert says the industry is experiencing significant struggles but is yet to experience the full effect from the collapse of Gunns Timber. Several companies with Western Australian south coast links were implicated in the collapse of Gunns, with one business that has a significant employee base in Albany at risk of losing $2.5 million. Numerous unsecured creditors say they have given up hope of recovering the money they are owed.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Who killed the wooden hockey stick?

National Post
November 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

… . Playing old time hockey with their old time wooden hockey sticks. The lumber, alas, has largely left the game over the past 15 years, leaving us, the beer-league hackers, Saturday morning shinny kings and hockey Moms and Dads mulling the purchases of the latest NHL-player-endorsed, composite-carbon-fibre-carbon-copied-stealth-fighter-of-a-synthetic-hockey-stick, with Kevlar-wrapped blades and wallet-jarring price tags (think $125 and up), and no real connection to the Great North Woods that provided Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull and even the Great One himself with their magic wands, with their wooden sticks.

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Forestry

28-Year-Old Logging Truck Owner Nabs Business Prize

Today’s Trucking News
November 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

MERRITT, BC. — Shelley Stewart, a 28-year-old truck-fleet owner and member of the Upper Nicola Indian Band, has been named Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation. According to a statement from the foundation, “In 2004, at the age of 20, Shelley Stewart recognized the need for more logging trucks in the Southern Interior.She started with one truck and trailer and now maintains and operates six log truck combinations, has seven employees and a number of major hauling contracts.”

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B.C. must get serious about its water supply

by Ben Parfitt
The Province
November 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…We may not often think about the close interconnections between our water and energy resources. But now, more than ever, we must. Climate change, increasing industrial demands for both water and energy and our growing population demand it. …We need to get serious about understanding exactly how much water big consumers use – something, incredibly, that the province does not currently do. As just one example, of the 31 water licences issued to pulp and paper companies – big water and hydro users – only one requires water metering. This is unacceptable in a province where natural-resource industries are a fixture of economic life.

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Burning wood debris creates needless pollution

Letter by Charles Claus
Vancouver Sun
November 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Thanks for the article on the wood burning that is taking place during the construction of the Northwest Transmission Line. As an asthmatic, I take strong exception to the burning of wood debris along this corridor. This huge volume of wood could have easily been chipped and allowed to lie on the site to help suppress weeds and brush. Alternatively, the wood could be have been chipped and stockpiled for future use in a bio-energy plant for clean energy production.

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Burning our forests: large-scale vandalism

Chronicle Herald
November 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

It is now reported that the 60-megawatt biomass electricity generating plant at the Port Hawkesbury mill will burn 200,000 metric tons of wood, up from the previously reported 150,000 metric tons, resulting in looming ecological damage and further underlining the unwise use, directly or indirectly, of taxpayers’ money. This is justified in the name of green energy production, which it is not….Where is the biomass to come from? The mill owners have been given access for 10 years to a huge tract of land.

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Debate over whether logging roads create pollution to be heard by U.S. Supreme Court

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
November 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Do logging roads create water pollution, or just carry it? The question has triggered a case of dueling government branches and left many in the woods, both industry leaders and environmental activists, anxious to see what happens. “It’s an on-the-ground nightmare,” said Loren Rose of Seeley Lake’s Pyramid Mountain Lumber. “It would bring a lot of things to a screeching halt.” The federal Clean Water Act specifically says farm and ranch roads are not a “point source” of water pollution and don’t need a special permit for construction or maintenance. Forest roads never got a similar exemption.

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Forest group offers highest award to former lawmaker

Peninsula Daily
November 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JOYCE — Former state Rep. Rep. Jim Buck recently received the Stu Bledsoe Award from the Washington Forest Protection Association during the group’s 104th annual meeting. The association’s highest honor, this award is presented in memory of the late Stu Bledsoe, a former director of the state Department of Agriculture. It goes to those “who have made a difference” in their careers and, in this case, made a difference in the future of forestry in Washington state.

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EPA, contractors look at ways to log Libby’s asbestos-laden forest

The Missoulian
November 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LIBBY – A new study identifies timber harvesting as a possible remedy for a 35,000-acre swath of asbestos-laden forest in Libby, where decades of vermiculite mining has led to widespread contamination of the town, its residents and its trees. Asbestos-related disease has killed an estimated 400 people and sickened 1,750 in Libby since the now-defunct W.R. Grace and Co. vermiculite mining operation released airborne fibers over the mountain town – the deadliest Superfund site in the country.

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Forest homes increase firefighting costs

State has nearly 200,000 houses in the so-called wildland-urban interface
The Columbian
November 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In an era of increasingly large wildfires, the wildland-urban interface — where the forest meets development — has become the front line of a financial battlefield. “Politically, no one wants to hear it — but the reality is there are places we should not be putting people,” says Jakki McLean, Yakima County’s fire marshal. “You own property and you want to build on it … but for your own protection, maybe you shouldn’t be building there.” Yet people continue to do so.

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Lawsuit blocks Elliott logging

The World
November 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ELLIOTT STATE FOREST — The state has withdrawn more than 900 acres of planned Elliott State Forest timber sales, pending the outcome of an environmental lawsuit. The Oregon Department of Forestry instead plans to open 465 acres of alternative logging sites not named in the lawsuit. ‘It’s certainly nowhere near what was proposed in the annual operating plan,” said Kevin Weeks, a spokesman for the Forestry Department. As Elliott logging funds the Common School Fund, Weeks estimates the shift will cost the CSF $9.85 million in revenue in 2013.

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Boulder County commissioners buying forestry sort yard site

Longmont Times
November 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOULDER — Boulder County commissioners decided this week to buy 17.5 acres of land in Larimer County that Boulder County has been leasing for a community forestry sort yard. The county will spend $284,000 on the property near Meeker Park — land that lies just north of the Boulder-Larimer county line and east of Colo. 7 on the Peak to Peak Highway — under a transaction Boulder County’s commissioners approved Thursday.

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4FRI Part 4: What Restoration Will Look and Smell Like

Arizona Public Radio
November 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Over the past several days, writers Rose Houk and Michael Collier have been reporting on the plight of our ponderosa pine forest and efforts to restore its health. In this final installment, we look at industry’s role, and what the public can expect to see when restoration gets underway. …This is likely the way loggers will harvest trees once the Four Forest Restoration Initiative is underway. A healthy local logging industry is critical to 4FRI because the Forest Service simply cannot afford to pay for thinning.

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10 years and counting for Saranac Lakes Wild Forest plan

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise
November 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SARANAC LAKE – In March 2002, the state Department of Environmental Conservation hosted the first public meeting on its effort to develop a unit management plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, a 79,000-acre swath of state land that wraps around some of the most populated communities in the Adirondack Park: Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. A crowd of nearly 200 people filled the Saranac Lake High School cafeteria for what turned into a raucous hearing.

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Farmers have their say over Scottish forestry plans

Farmers Guardian
November 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE farming industry must be closely consulted over controversial plans to expand woodland in Scotland to ensure agriculture is not adversely affected, sector heads told a meeting. Representatives of the farming and meat sectors told Forestry Commission Scotland they must work together and let farmers ‘have their say’ about how best to use land. Earlier this year a report by the Woodland Expansion Advisory Group (WEAG) listed 24 recommendations, which focused on the Government’s existing short-term target of 100,000 hectares (247,100 acres) of new woodland over the next 10 years.

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Stop tree cutting to save Kili ice-govt

IPPmedia
November 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As scientists warned on the disappearance of ice on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzanians have been called upon to preserve natural resources so that they can also benefit future generations. Kimberly Casey, a glaciologist based at the US space agency’s Goddard Space Flight Centre, who visited the mountain earlier this year, warned that the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free-standing mountain, may soon be ice free as the glacier divided in two. …He mentioned the first reason as the increase of uncontrolled human activities related to deforestation around the areas near the mountain.

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PM alleges mismanagement

Fiji Times
November 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

FIJI mahogany resource was grossly mismanaged for many years and what existed could barely be described as an industry at all, one that was fragmented and lacked cohesion. Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the Mahogany Industry Council at the GCC complex in Suva yesterday, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said the process of felling trees was done with no real objective for value adding and the harvesting did not produce long-term sustained benefits for the people.

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Former Greens MPs head up anti-logging group

ABC News, Australia
November 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Two former Greens leaders have joined the ranks of the environmental group Markets for Change. Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown is now on the board and ex-state leader Peg Putt is its chief executive. Ms Putt says a major fundraising push is imminent, foreshadowing an increase in campaigning. “He (Bob Brown) is one of the best known environmental campaigners, if not the best known environmental campaigner on the planet and he’s a great leader as well,” she said.

Board spot will help Tas economy: Brown from the Australian

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Logging bill ‘threat’ to relations

Sky News Australia
November 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A proposed importation ban on products made with illegally logged wood will damage Australia’s international relations, parliament has been told. The Senate is debating a government bill that bans the importation and sale of any products which contain illegally logged timber. Opposition senator Richard Colbeck said the coalition would not support the plan because the federal government would not make some ‘sensible modifications.’ He said many of Australia’s trading partners had expressed concerns. ‘

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Australia passes illegal logging laws, joins EU, U.S.

Reuters
November 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

CANBERRA/SINGAPORE – Australia’s parliament on Monday passed laws to ban the import and trade of illegally logged timber, joining the United States and European Union in clamping down on a global trade in stolen timber that Interpol says is worth about $30 billion a year. The laws, five years in the making, impose fines, jail and forfeiture of goods and oblige importers to carry out mandatory due diligence on timber and timber products sourced from overseas.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Mexico To Fight Deforestation With $15 Million Loan

Hispanically Speaking News
November 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Mexico will receive $15 million in financial and technical assistance to support climate change mitigation efforts. The program will create a dedicated financing line, accessible by communities and ejidos or their members, for identified low carbon projects in forest landscapes in five of the states with the highest levels of net forest loss: Oaxaca, Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Jalisco and Campeche.

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General

Canadian Lumber Industry Seeing Pickup In Aftermath Of Superstorm Sandy

International Business Times
November 16, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

The wreckage left behind by Superstorm Sandy in the wake of its passage late last month seems to be holding a silver lining for at least one industry. Canadian lumber companies are rubbing their hands together in anticipation of a sharp boost in demand for their main product, which has already spiked in price as thousands across the Northeast United States seek to rebuild homes and businesses. .

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