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Daily Archives: November 21, 2012

Business & Politics

B.C. loggers sharpen their axes to keep sawmills supplied

by Gordon Hamilton – Companies say fewer contractors, tighter inventories and better log prices bode well for the industry
Vancouver Sun
November 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

At Clusko Logging Enterprises in British Columbia’s central Interior, winter freeze-up has already hardened the ground enough for logging crews to move in with their heavy equipment and the company’s northern division operations manager, Jared Brem-ner, talks about a winter plan that will deliver logs to Prince George sawmills that are hungry for wood. For the first time in half a decade, there is no shortage of work in B.C. forests. “We have a winter plan. We have a cut. We know what we have to deliver by mid-March. Our targets are laid out in front of us.

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WorkSafe Reports on Mill Tragedies Nearing Completion

250 News
November 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The WorkSafe BC final report on the fatal explosions and fires that destroyed the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, and the Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George, is close to completion. While no date for release of the report has been given, that date is said to be “soon”. While the exact cause of the two tragic incidents has not yet been disclosed, there has been much attention paid to the accumulation of dust in the sawmill operations.

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RDC Announces Over $1.6 Million in R&D Funding to 18 Newfoundland and Labrador Companies

Canada Newswire press release
November 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ST. JOHN’S, NL- Making working conditions safer for offshore employees, developing production efficiencies for the lumber industry and advancing healthcare technology are among the 18 business-led projects receiving more than $1.6 million in funding from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC).

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After 140 years, lumber company remains on the cutting edge

Guelph Mercury
November 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

LISTOWEL — At first glance, operating a lumber company in southern Ontario would not seem like a great way to make money. This part of the country is not exactly overflowing with trees like you would find in British Columbia or northern Ontario. Yet there have been more than enough woodlots and lumber to keep J.H. Keeso & Sons Ltd. in business for more than a century.

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Resolute shutdown set

Chronicle Journal
November 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Citing challenging market conditions, Resolute Forest Products is shutting down its kraft mill and idling a paper machine in Fort Frances for an indefinite period.  The company announced Tuesday that the pulp mill and paper machine No. 5 (PM5) will be taken off line by the end of the month, affecting 239 employees.  “The markets for these products are challenging and are expected to remain so,” Resolute president Richard Garneau said . “The kraft mill situation is particularly difficult given Fort Frances’ operating configuration and the recent decision by a key customer to stop consuming the pulp supplied by Resolute to its mill,” he said.

Resolute to idle Ont. mill on tough market, affecting 239 employees from the Canadian Press

Click here for press release from Resolute

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Sawmill looking at options for survival

Otago Daily Times
November 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Dunedin’s only sawmill – Otago Lumber Ltd – will develop new markets to offset difficult trading conditions which have threatened 27 jobs, the company says. “Otago Lumber continues to pursue options to restructure its sawmilling operation and, despite recent difficulties marketing its woodchip, remains committed to ensuring that the operation continues in full production,” board chairman Harold Hill said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Largest panelized wood project in North America opens at University of British Columbia

Journal of Commerce
November 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Earth Sciences Building, the largest panelized wood project in North America, officially opened its doors on November 19th at the University of British Columbia. The five-storey building has an open-concept atrium, a free-floating cantilevered solid timber staircase, and has a low embodied energy profile which sequesters carbon dioxide. Perkins + Will designed the building and Equilibrium Consulting was the structural consulting firm on the project.

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Forestry

B.C. forest industry hit with shortage of tree planters

Increased global lumber demand and fallout from pine-beetle crisis creating silviculture job boom, but decades-old pay rates turning off labourers
Business in Vancouver
November 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC reforestation companies are struggling to find enough tree planters, leaving the industry ill-prepared to plan for future demand. “What some companies began to notice [this season] was that they were about 20% short of what they would have liked to have had for a full complement crew,” said John Betts, president of the Western Silviculture Contractors Association (WSCA). The crisis has been building over the past few years.

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Public invited to talk about logging plans

Alberni Valley Times
November 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

On Monday evening, the community has a chance to hear from their MLA about his concerns related to logging in and around the Alberni Valley. Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser is joining with some concerned citizens to host a community meeting called “Protecting McLaughlin Ridge in the China Creek Watershed.” McLaughlin Ridge is private managed forestland, which was removed from a tree farm licence in 2004 by then-owners Weyerhaeuser. That means the current owners, Island Timberlands, can harvest it if they choose to do so.

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Vanderhoof Council Concerned With Possible Forest License Changes

HQ Prince George
November 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The District of Vanderhoof is looking at how decisions being made in the Lakes District will the area’s affect timber supply. District Council recently met with representatives from the Ministry of Forests, and district staff about how choices being made will impact four mills around Vanderhoof. Mayor Gerry Thiessen says one decision being made is the amount of forest licenses given out to communities. “So that’s a concern to the mills in our areas, is will they have access to that fiber,” says Thiessen, “and will they be able to build on it in the same fashion as they have in the past.”

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NDP Forestry Critic Blasts BC Liberals

HQ Prince George
November 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Even as the province announces additional funding for forestry trades training with extra spaces through the FIRST program, the NDP’s Forestry Critic is blasting the BC Liberals for failing to address a skills shortage that’s been a long time coming. Norm Macdonald says there have been far too many opportunities missed when the problem has been identified for years.

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West Fraser Mills’ forestry operation near 100 Mile House passes audit

BC Forest Practices Board
November 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of West Fraser Mills Limited’s forest licence A18694 in the Kamloops Timber Supply Area that is administered from its 100 Mile House office found the company met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, according to a report released today. “West Fraser had good control over its harvesting practices and has a comprehensive system for tracking and maintaining its roads and bridges” said board chair Al Gorley. “Its forest licence was well managed.”

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Island fallers honoured for safety

Victoria Times Colonist
November 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

William (Bill) Boardman of Sooke has been honoured with the Cary White Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Vancouver Island Forestry Safety Conference. The award acknowledges Boardman’s 40-year career as a faller in the forest industry and commitment to improving safety awareness and knowledge, developing safety skills at ground level and building a lasting culture of safety among forest workers. “Bill Boardman is the tree faller who is sent out when there is a problem with a tough case,” said council CEO Reynold Hert.

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Sawmill Laser Scale First of its Kind in Canada

Woodworking Network
November 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

HAMPDEN, NL – Burton’s Cove Logging and Lumber Limited says it will be the first sawmill in Canada to build an automated laser scaling system for measuring wood volume. Through the use of mathematical models and 3D laser scanners, Burton’s Cove Logging and Lumber Limited, in Hampden, Newfoundland and Labrador, plans to develop an automated scaling system that will allow the company to measure the volume of wood that can be used for lumber

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Forest Health Task Force Talks sustainability at roundtable

Creating a market for forest land management difficult, officials say
Summit Daily News
November 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Among climate change concerns and efficient forest health management, members of Forest Health Task Force focused the discussion of the Nov. 15 meeting around developing sustainable markets for beetle affected timber…. “We need to develop markets for this dead timber, the goods are there,” said Cary Green, U.S. Forest Service timber management assistant for the White River National Forest eastern zone. “Stewardship grants from the U.S. Forest Service can’t fund everything we need to do — there has to be a market to generate funding for this type of management.”

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New forest supervisor for Humboldt

Elko Daily Free Press
November 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OGDEN, Utah — Intermountain Regional Forester, Harv Forsgren announced Monday that William “Bill” Dunkelberger has begun serving as the forest supervisor for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Dunkelberger will have the responsibility for managing 6.3 million acres in Nevada and eastern California. “He brings a strong background in resource management, and extensive experience in building relationships between the Forest Service, other federal land management agencies, and communities dependent upon the National Forests.

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Anti-logging protesters felt threatened

ABC News, Australia
November 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Anti-logging protesters say their lives were put at risk by VicForests’ logging contractors in East Gippsland yesterday. The protesters from the Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) were protesting against the logging of old-growth forest at Mount Jersey. Photos supplied to ABC Gippsland show the loggers operating logging machinery lifting large tree trunks within a metre of protesters. A GECO spokesman, Tom Crook, says the loggers continued to operate machinery after the protesters refused to move from the site.

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Forest wars to end in Tasmania

AAP
November 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The bitter 30-year year in Tasmania between loggers and greenies is expected to come to an end on Thursday with the announcement in state parliament that an historic agreement has been reached. Both the ABC and The Australian say environmental and industry groups have agreed to reserve more than 500,000 hectares of forest and reduce the amount of sawlogs available for loggers to about 140,000 cubic metres. …While the government is remaining tight-lipped, Opposition Leader Will Hodgman says it is total victory for the Greens and will make logging a cottage industry.

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Tasmanian forest deal moves closer

The Border Mail
November 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Long-running native forest peace talks in Tasmania are again nearing a deal after collapsing last month. The two-year state and federal government sponsored peace process broke down in October, with environment groups saying they failed in a dispute over the amount of sawlogs to be cut from native forests. Since then discussions resumed informally, and now a new agreement between green groups and industry is said to be close. …Sources close to the negotiators described the talks as at another “critical stage” on Wednesday.

Tasmania’s forestry peace deal close from the ABC News, Australia

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Conifex Timber provides update on bioenergy project

Lesprom
November 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Moscow. Conifex Timber Inc. has received shipment and delivery of its turbine generator at its power facility situated in Mackenzie, British Columbia in connection with the Company’s bioenergy project, as the company said in a press release received by Lesprom Network. The Bioenergy Project is approximately 30% complete and is currently on budget and on time.

Construction of Mackenzie Bionenergy Project on Hold from the 250 News

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Ledwidge seeks loan for power plant

Company also needs wood supply for proposed biomass facility
Chronicle Herald
November 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ledwidge Lumber Co. Ltd. is looking at borrowing almost $30 million to start making power at the Enfield operation. “Primarily, we would be selling on to the grid with green power and purchasing power back (from Nova Scotia Power),” Doug Ledwidge, the company’s president and general manager, said Monday. “It’s a new revenue source to help pay the power bill.” Much hangs on the province’s planned purchase of Resolute Forest Products Inc.’s massive woodland because Ledwidge Lumber would need a guaranteed fuel supply to gain regulatory approval for the proposed four-megawatt biomass facility.

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