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Daily Archives: November 22, 2012

Business & Politics

Wood runs out for Ardew

Merritt Herald
November 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A lack of timber is blamed for the slated Jan. 11 closure of Ardew Wood Products Ltd., marking the end of another long-established resources business in Merritt. Owner of the family-operated business Erik Norgaard said limited resources including timber have caused the company to shut down after 47 years. “Many of the [shortages] are out of our control,” he said in an email. “This was a very difficult conclusion to come to.”

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Kraft mill, #5 machine idled

Fort Frances Times Online
November 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products dropped a bombshell on Fort Frances yesterday with word its kraft mill and #5 paper machine here will be idled indefinitely come month’s end. The move means 239 employees will be laid off. …The idling of #5 paper machine, meanwhile, is driven by a decrease in consumption as well as the high value of the Canadian dollar, the company said.  “We will monitor market conditions closely and work with key stakeholders to explore ways to improve the mill’s cost position,” said Garneau.

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Stella-Jones boosts purchase price for McFarland Cascade to $250 million U.S.

By Ross Marowits
Canadian Press
November 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Stella-Jones Inc. has increased the purchase price of McFarland Cascade Holdings by nearly nine per cent to US$250 million as it finalized the deal for the utility pole and treated wood products company. Montreal-based Stella-Jones originally planned to pay US$230 million for the Washington state company, but said Wednesday that it increased the price because of a US$14 million increase in working capital and other purchase price adjustments.

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Between Hardwood and the ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Woodworking Network
November 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US West

…Nonetheless, signs of economic growth now include improved housing construction and sales. In Sept, Americans bought new, single-family homes at the fastest annualized pace in 2 years, and single-family housing starts were the highest since Aug 2008. .. Projected exports of 1.34 billion board feet in 2012 will break the 2006 record, and volume will only grow as the world economy and demand for legal and sustainable temperate hardwoods improves

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Axe falls on 94 timber jobs

ABC News, Australia
November 22, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Timber company Carter Holt Harvey has followed through on a threat to close south-east mills in South Australia after a dispute with the SA Government. A total of 94 jobs will go when the company shuts its Lakeside mill and its pine mouldings plant next month. …The forestry union had warned for months of impending job losses and blames the Government, accusing it of failing to reduce log prices before a recent sale of Forestry SA’s forward harvest rights.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Russian billionaire to invest $2 billion in pulp mill in the St. Petersburg

Pulp and Paper News
November 22, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Russian billionaire Alexei Mordashov plans to invest up to $2 billion in the establishment of a pulp mill in the St. Petersburg region. The new plant is expected to be built in the Podporozhsky area of the the St. Petersburg region and may take up to 15-20% of the Russian pulp market, which in recent years has significantly increased, mainly due to exports.

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Forestry

Fight against ash borer could get a bit more expensive

Ottawa Citizen
November 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA — Fighting the continuing spread of the emerald ash borer could cost a bit more than the city has planned, the city’s forestry department told city council’s environment committee Tuesday. …“We have an opportunity to convert our forest to a more diverse forest cover in Ottawa,” said city forester David Barkley, by planting different species that will make the city’s trees more resilient against future pests.

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Since the Conservatives took office more than 30,000 forestry jobs have been lost – Rafferty

Net News Ledger
November 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA – Fort Frances and closure of the Resolute Forest Products mill were the topic of a question from Thunder Bay Rainy River MP John Rafferty in the House of Commons today. John Rafferty rose in Question Period to ask why the Conservative Government has abandoned resource dependent communities like Fort Frances after the economic downturn. …“Since the Conservatives took office more than 30,000 forestry jobs have been lost in Northern Ontario,” Rafferty noted before asking,

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Mersey could change this province forever

Chronicle Herald
November 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A decision on the Mersey lands is clearly imminent. When the premier says, “… we are sick and tired of watching the future of Nova Scotia being sold off to foreign interests,” you know something is up. It’s music to the ears of the hard-working Buy Back the Mersey volunteers. Their dream could soon become reality — publicly owned, the three Mersey districts could catalyze a new way of practising forestry in this province.

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FPInnovations develops lightweight timber trailer

Truck News
November 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL, Que. — Researcher FPInnovations has developed a lightweight timber trailer that could significantly increase payloads in eastern Canada and the northeastern US. The post-and-crossbeam system developed by FPInnovations is comprised of composite materials and weighs about 40% lighter than steel trailers, allowing an extra 450 kg of payload when hauling 8-ft. logs. Revenue increases (when loaded) and fuel savings (when empty) could total between $5,000 and $6,000 per year, the organization claims.

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Tembec adds 1.3 million hectares of FSC®-certified forests to supply its Senneterre, Quebec, operations

Canada Newswire press release
November 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Tembec announced today it has received group certification of forest management units 084-51 and 087-51, covering over 1,375,000 hectares near Senneterre, Quebec, from the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) under the National Boreal Standard, attesting to Tembec’s sustainable forest management practices.

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Crews still battling forest fire flames

WCYB
November 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. – Crews are still battling a 2,000 acre forest fire in Hawkins County. The Tennessee Department of Forestry says they’ve managed to save at least 80 homes.  But the fire at the top of the mountain is now making its way down. Currently crews are trying to stop the fire from spreading by using bulldozers to create lines, so firefighters can use a technique called back-burning.

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Green group vows to continue forest logging protest

ABC News, Australia
November 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A group of East Gippsland protesters says it will continue to disrupt the work of logging contractors at Mount Jersey, north of Orbost. The protesters, from the Goongerah Environment Centre Office, visited the site again yesterday. Spokesman Tom Crook says the forest is a habitat for the endangered spot-tailed quoll.

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PNG’s timber authority concerned about new Australian law on logging

Radio Australia
November 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The PNG Forest authority is worried a new Australian law setting guidelines on illegal logging, will badly affect its access to the country’s biggest markets. The “Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2012” passed through Australia’s parliament earlier this week. The bill includes prohibition which will affect timbers imported from PNG and Indonesia, and both countries are worried it will affect their local industries.

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Ink dry on forestry peace deal

ABC News, Australia
November 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Premier has declared the signing of a forestry peace deal a difficult day for the state. Negotiators have confirmed they have struck a deal to end the state’s forest wars protecting half a million hectares of forest from logging. In return, the legislated quota of sawlogs will be cut to 137,000 cubic metres a year. The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania’s chief executive Terry Edwards says 395,000 hectares will be reserved immediately and the balance in March 2015.

Tasmanian forestry peace deal signed bar one from ABC News, Australia
End to Tasmanian forest wars will curb logging from the Canberra Times

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Forestry can create jobs, says Finnish envoy

Zambia Daily Mail
November 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Mr Anttinen said the forestry industry can play a major role in improving the country’s economy through employment creation. “The sustainability of forestry in Zambia is not happening. If properly managed, the forestry department can help to create a lot of jobs for the local people,” he said.  Mr Anttinen was speaking in Kitwe on Tuesday when he led a delegation of officials from Finland to pay a courtesy call on Kitwe district commissioner Elias Kamanga.

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General

The Global Forest Industry This Quarter

from Wood Resources International
Scoop.co.nz
November 22, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Excerpts from the 3Q 2012 issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com) The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) fell for the fifth consecutive quarter to $81.94/m3. The Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index (SFPI), which is based in US dollars, was down another 0.5 percent from the 2Q/12 to US$100.05/odmt. Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) increased by $1.56/odmt from the 2Q/12 price to $106.44/odmt in the 3Q/12.

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