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Daily Archives: November 26, 2012

Business & Politics

US revival good news for Canadian economy

Globe and Mail
November 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Three-quarters of Canadian exports flow to the United States, so any pickup in demand in the world’s largest economy will ripple through to this country – indeed, through the whole global economy. …It’s a reversal of fortune. Canada’s forestry exports – two-thirds of which go to the U.S. – are expected to climb 12 per cent next year after a decline this year and flat shipments in 2011, Export Development Canada’s chief economist Peter Hall predicts. That would make the biggest increase in nine years.

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Western Forest Products mill fire under investigation

Alberni Valley News
November 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Officials from WorkSafe BC are investigating the cause of a fire at the Alberni Pacific Division mill in Port Alberni. WorkSafe investigators were at the mill on Friday, spokesperson Alley Skinner-Reynolds said. “Our officers are determining if there has been any violation of health and safety regulations and examining the cause of the fire,” Skinner-Reynolds said.

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Lamphier: Western Canada’s forest-products industry rebuilds, thanks to U.S. housing rebound

Edmonton Journal
November 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Western Canada’s forest products industry is back in gear, riding a rebound in the U.S. housing market and surging lumber prices. The turnaround is reflected in the shares of major Vancouver-based producers like West Fraser Timber , International Forest Products, Western Forest Products  and Ainsworth Lumber). All are up sharply over the past year, with Ainsworth’s shares more than tripling in value and West Fraser’s stock closing Friday at an all-time high.

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U.S. housing powers exports

Nanaimo News Bulletin
November 24, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Export Development Canada’s forecast for British Columbia’s export growth calls for a strong rebound of 10 per cent in 2013, after a slight decline of three per cent this year. “Buckle up, because B.C. exports are on a roll thanks to the imminent U.S. recovery and steady growth in the Chinese market next year,” said Peter Hall, EDC chief economist. “Export growth in 2013 will be widespread, but explosive growth will give the forestry sector a commanding lead.”

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Gorman Bros. purchases Federated Co-op plant

Vernon Morning Star
November 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The sale is final and, apparently, seamless. With the announcement that Gorman Bros. Lumber of Westbank has completed its purchase of the Federated Co-operatives forest products operation in Canoe, comes little or no change. “The purchase agreement provides that all employees will be offered employment by Gorman Bros. Lumber on substantially the same terms and conditions as their present employment,” states the news release announcing the acquisition.

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Forestry in transition

Chronicle Journal
November 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

RESOLUTE Forest Products has made two major announcements in Northwestern Ontario in recent days.  The company is idling a kraft mill and paper machine at its pulp and paper plant in Fort Frances, due to what it calls challenging market conditions. …Fort Frances is complicated by plant limitations and the decision by its main kraft pulp customer in the U.S. to buy elsewhere at less cost. Here again the Canadian dollar’s high value hurts Canadian exporters.

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Terrace Bay Pulp makes first appearance in court on charges related to the death caused by last year’s explosion

TbNewsWatch.com
November 23, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lawyers representing Terrace Bay Pulp Inc. and Venshore Mechanical Ltd. had an initial court appearance today. The two companies, along with three mill supervisors at the former Buchanan owned operation, are facing charges following last year’s deadly explosion at the mill. It’s been 13 months since a tank exploded on the fourth floor of the mill. T.J. Berthalot, 28, died in the blast.

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Timber mill operating again, but short-term future uncertain

Montrose Daily Press
November 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

When Jim Neiman of Neiman Enterprises purchased Montrose’s Intermountain Resources LLC out of receivership in September, he said he hoped to fill 85 to 90 jobs. Neiman has experienced a few hiccups over the past two months, but his sawmill — renamed Montrose Forest Products LLC — is operating right on schedule, with 89 full-time employees working five days a week, according to manager and resource forester Norm Birtcher. The problem is, Birtcher can only hope to keep all those people employed through the winter.

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Wood Products Imports to Grow as China Remains the Global Gorilla

November 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

China’s massive wood products production engine stalled in 2012 for the first time in over ten years. After posting spectacular growth in 2009–2011, China’s wood products industry and markets struggled in 2012 as new-home sales slowed and apartment inventories rose. The housing market is now at a crossroads as new residential apartment inventories and housing prices appear to finally be moving into a balanced situation to finish off the year.

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Finnish sawn timber exports decline 6%

Timber Trades Journal
November 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Finnish sawn timber exports declined almost 6% to 4.2 million m3 in January-August, compared to the same period in 2011. Statistics released by the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF) show sawn timber production reduced by 3% to 7 million m3, while plyood output decreased 4% to 760,000m3.

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Wood Products Imports to Grow as China Remains the Global Gorilla

November 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

China’s massive wood products production engine stalled in 2012 for the first time in over ten years. After posting spectacular growth in 2009–2011, China’s wood products industry and markets struggled in 2012 as new-home sales slowed and apartment inventories rose. The housing market is now at a crossroads as new residential apartment inventories and housing prices appear to finally be moving into a balanced situation to finish off the year.

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Forestry

Pine beetles contributing to climate change, study says

Canadian Press
November 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON — Newly published research suggests mountain pine beetles have become so widespread that they’re not just benefiting from global warming, they’re starting to contribute to it. “The effects of climate change cascade,” said Holly Maness, whose paper was published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. “Previous studies have shown that climate change allowed the beetle to flourish. But our work shows that beetle infestations in turn feed back into climate.”

Bitsy beetle warms Canada: study from AFP

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EOMF announces new certification funding program

EMC Kemptville
November 22, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

EMC News – The Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF), in collaboration with the Forestry Export Assistance Program of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, is pleased to announce a new Chain of Custody Certification Funding Program. This program represents Phase 2 of a Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification project, started in late 2011, that seeks to raise awareness, educate and enable primary and secondary wood manufacturing businesses in Ontario to become “chain of custody certified.”

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Jackson USFS land likely to be auctioned

Associated Press
November 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JACKSON — The U.S. Forest Service began fielding inquiries about buying its property in the town of Jackson after voters rejected the idea of the town buying the 10-acre lot. Forest Supervisor Jacque Buchanan says she fielded numerous calls right after the election earlier this month. Buchanan predicted the land will be put up for public auction sometime next summer.

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Timber sales have declined since ESA

Herald and News
November 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mark Slezak, timber and core veneer manager at Columbia Forest Products, said his company employs 210 local workers — a good number, though well below the company’s peak of 400 in the mid-2000s. “This can all be attributed back to the root of the Endangered Species Act and the spotted owls,” Slezak said. “It led federal agencies down the path of very large reductions in timber sales.” Whereas Columbia’s business used to rely 80 percent on federal timber, he said it’s now fallen to none.

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Northern Idaho group hopes to save ancient cedar grove from chain saw

Associated Press
November 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Palouse Land Trust wants to work with residents and a preservation committee to save an ancient cedar grove of trees nearly 1,000 years old that sits on state-owned land in northern Idaho, the group’s executive director said. Amy Trujillo said she has talked with the cedar grove advisory committee and they hope to find a permanent solution for the 295 acres on Moscow Mountain managed by the Idaho Department of Lands. “The more brains we get together on this, the better,” Trujillo told the Lewiston Tribune.

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Bureau of Land Management plans timber salvage following wildfire in west-central Idaho

Associated Press
November 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LEWISTON, Idaho — Officials with the Bureau of Land Management are preparing an environmental assessment as part of a plan to salvage timber burned last summer in a wildfire in west-central Idaho. BLM officials want to log about 10 million board feet on 940 acres in the John Day drainage burned in the 75-square-mile fire near the town of Lucile, The Lewiston Tribune reported.

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DEC announces nearly $1 million in urban forestry grants

EmpireStateNews.net
November 24, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ALBANY – Urban forestry grants totaling $994,878 were awarded to communities and organizations across New York, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The New York State Urban and Community Forestry Program provides technical assistance to communities through local DEC Urban Foresters and ReLeaf volunteers. Financial assistance is available from the state through competitive cost-share grants.

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Fire conditions worsen in East Tennessee, two firefighters slightly injured

Oak Ridge Today
November 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Lower humidity and gusty winds at higher elevations mean fire conditions have worsened in East Tennessee, state firefighters said Sunday. Two firefighters were slightly injured battling blazes in Campbell County on Saturday, said Nathan M. Waters, Tennessee Forestry Division assistant district forester. State and local firefighters have responded to 16 new fires since Thanksgiving Day across upper East Tennessee, including in Anderson, Campbell, Knox, Morgan, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties.

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Forest deal not sewn up – Libs

Tasmania Examiner
November 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE Liberals have seized on a letter from the Tasmanian Sawmillers Association to claim that the state’s new forestry deal has been rushed through parliament. The association was one of 10 signatories to the Tasmanian forest peace deal passed by the House of Assembly on Friday. In a letter to the Premier, association chairman Fred Ralph said his signature was subject to ratification of the deal by members, who are yet to vote on it. Another industry group, Timber Communities Australia, is consulting its membership before deciding to whether to sign the agreement.

Environment groups raise concerns about forest agreement from Green Left
Tasmanian boatbuilders fear for wood supply from ABC News, Australia

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Forest deal fears quelled

The Mercury
November 25, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

KEY forest industry figures have watered down speculation that cracks are appearing in the forest peace deal. The reaction follows the emergence yesterday of a letter from the Tasmanian Sawmillers Association to Premier Lara Giddings, which was claimed to show the Intergovernmental Forest Agreement was in danger. The letter, dated November 21, was brandished by Liberal forest spokesman Peter Gutwein as evidence that the peace deal was not as secure as Premier Lara Giddings claimed

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Upper House hurdle for forest peace deal

ABC News, Australia
November 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Upper House MP Paul Harriss predicts Tasmania’s forestry peace deal will fail in the Legislative Council. The deal to reduce native forest logging in Tasmania was signed last week. Legislation supporting the deal passed the Lower House on Friday but still needs to go to the Upper House. Huon MLC Paul Harriss told ABC Local Radio the deal was madness.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

FortisBC ready to harness Tolko’s heat

CHBC News
November 21, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Tolko plant in Kelowna has been blowing off steam for decades. Wasted heat environmentalists would say. But that could soon change. Tolko, FortisBC and the City of Kelowna are teaming up to harness that wasted heat. “It’s actually quite a nice system where you take waste heat, capture it and convert that heat into a water source,” says FortisBC spokesman, Neal Pobran. “You just pipe that water underground and bring it in through the buildings, convert the water back into forced air and heat it throughout the building.”

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Pellet plan shot down for former Abitibi mill

Project proponent says government abruptly cancelled talks that had stretched for years
CBC News
November 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A proposal to make pellets at the former AbitibiBowater mill in Grand Falls-Windsor is dead, CBC News has learned. In May, Natural Resources Minister Jerome Kennedy confirmed that a company was interested in setting up shop at the former mill site. “What we’ve done is engage in these discussions,” Kennedy said at the time. …But the company involved, York Energy, now says the government abruptly cancelled the negotiations and has killed the deal.

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