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Daily Archives: November 27, 2012

Business & Politics

Harmac and RDN garner praise for conservation measures

Nanaimo Daily News
November 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new report is giving good marks to the Regional District of Nanaimo and Harmac pulp mill for steps they have taken to conserve and make use of water resources. The report, titled From Stream to Stream, was published by partnership between the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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Alberta Forest Products Assoc. Reports 3rd Quarter Increase

HQ Grande Prairie
November 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s touted as good news for communities that depend on the forestry industry as a component of their local economies. The Alberta Forest Products Association report production values in the third quarter of this year were up 12-percent — or $66-million — from the same time last year. The AFPA reports total values for lumber, pulp and paper, and panel board for producers in the third quarter added up to around $615-million.

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Northern B.C.’s Terrace sawmill reopens after a five-year hiatus

Connections in China give new owners of old West Fraser mill a marketplace edge in a risky business
Business in Vancouver
November 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A sawmill that has been idle since 2007 reopened earlier this month in Terrace – and its new owners are optimistic of success, despite the mill’s previous failure. Unlike the Kitwanga mill, which restarted in June 2011 only to shut down again two months later, the owners of the newly retooled mill in Terrace might have a competitive edge that its former owners, West Fraser Mills Ltd., didn’t have: family connections in real estate and construction sectors in China.

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Tolko Industries appointed Jeanette Hoft to the position of communications manager

Lesprom Network
November 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tolko Industries Ltd. appointed Jeanette Hoft to the position of communications manager, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. Bob Fleet, Tolko’s vice president, Environment and Forestry said, “Tolko is an influential player in the Canadian forestry industry. Jeanette’s appointment is an important additional step in Tolko’s ongoing commitment to build and retain positive relationships with our customers, employees, other players in the industry and the communities we work in.”

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Good news for Oregon timber

Oregon Natural Resources Report
November 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Portland Tribune reports that a three-member panel at the Portland Business Alliance’s monthly breakfast agreed that Oregon’s timber industry can expect to see growth in global demand for wood fiber. However, they warned the increase will be slow and irregular. Oregon’s timber industry, which dwindled during the Great Recession, is going to face challenges as it tries to meet the growing demand.

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Bidders interested in keeping sawmills going

ABC News, Australia
November 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Receivers for the failed timber company Gunns say the sale of its sawmills in Tarpeena and at Bell Bay in Tasmania is likely to be finalised in a fortnight. KordaMentha spokesman Mike Smith says most bidders involved in talks are interested in maintaining output or possibly building the capacity of the mills. He says the sites and their associated sales and distribution networks have attracted global expressions of interest but preference will be given to bids that include all the assets.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Ikea controversies don’t deter Winnipeg fans

CBC News
November 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

…kea is the world’s third-largest consumer of wood, after Lowe’s and Home Depot. It obtains most of its supply either from Russia or China. Ikea’s stated goal is to source all of its wood supply from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. However, the corporation’s subsidiary, Swedwood, recently was accused of destroying old-growth forest in Russia’s Karelia region. A Swedish television crew went to the forest and claimed the company was cutting trees in ways that were not sustainable.

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Forestry

Protecting water crucial, Turner warns

But the former PM says he is ‘pro-oilsands,’ as long as the environmental effect is minimized
Vancouver Sun
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canadians must make the protection of their nation’s lakes and rivers a top priority, warns former prime minister John Turner. “Water is crucial. And Canadians ought not to neglect this. It is one of our great assets,” he said in an exclusive interview with Postmedia News. …Not only is it a resource that many Canadians with cottages cherish, but Turner has also noted in the past that many companies – from those in the oil sector to lumber – also need water for their own production operations.

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Important things to keep in mind when buying firewood

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
November 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

SQUAMISH – As the nights get colder and longer, more people are lighting their fireplaces to help stay warm. But do you know where your firewood comes from? Was it legally harvested?  Cutting down trees on Crown land without the appropriate permit and then selling the logs as firewood is a serious problem throughout the province. This activity is illegal and could result in a violation ticket of $173 (or more, if significant environmental damage occurs).

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‘Eco-terrorists’ target Roche Lake

Several incidents of tree-spiking discovered at Interfor logging operation
Kamloops Daily News
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Acts of “eco-terrorism” are taking place in the Roche Lake area that could potentially end a logger’s life, according to B.C. Natural Resources compliance and enforcement personnel. Patrick Tobin, regional manager for compliance and enforcement, said his staff is stumped over several incidents of tree-spiking discovered at an active Interfor logging operation west of Bleeker Lake. “It’s a horrifically insidious form of vandalism. It’s been referred to as eco-terrorism,” said Tobin.

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The Worldwide Vulnerability of Forests

The New York Times
November 23, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

One of the great scientific tasks of the day is to understand how and why trees die. It may seem like a question that would have been answered many decades ago, but it was not — at least not at a detailed physiological level. Now, amid growing signs worldwide that forests are at risk as the climate changes, scientists are trying to catch up to events. Lately, more and more evidence is pointing toward a mechanism known as hydraulic failure as the culprit in many large-scale forest die-backs. This occurs when drought reduces the flow of water into tree roots.

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Timber Industry Reviewing New Northern Spotted Owl Critical Habitat

Oregon Natural Resources Report
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The American Forest Resource Council is reviewing the critical habitat designation for the northern spotted owl released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, hoping that substantial changes have been made since the draft was published in the Federal Register last March. Over the past two years, the proposal and the process employed in its development have been criticized by Members of Congress and the public. County governments in Washington, Oregon and California have raised a number of concerns about its likely economic impact.

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Firms win contracts to thin forests in Colorado, Wyoming

Associated Press
November 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DENVER — Two Colorado companies have won contracts to thin national forests in Wyoming and Colorado, with some of the wood likely going toward heating homes. The U.S. Forest Service said Monday that the 10-year stewardship contracts will reduce help threats of catastrophic wildfires on at least 20,000 acres. Kremmling-based Confluence Energy won a $4.75 million contract to remove beetle-killed trees in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests. Confluence will pay for material that could be used for commercial purposes.

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? Minnesota loggers feeling pain due to cuts in demand for wood

Equities.com
November 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NASHWAUK, Minn. — Scott Pittack grew up in a logging family and has made his living in the woods. But as he climbed down from a timber harvester at the end of a winding road in the hills, the forest behind him aflame with October color, he admitted he has his doubts about the business. Nowadays, the industry that’s hiring on the west end of the Mesabi Iron Range, where Pittack has been cutting down trees for more than two decades, is taconite, not logging.

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Timber processor Ta Ann staying on

ABC News, Australia
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The jobs of more than 100 Tasmanian timber workers have been secured with processor Ta Ann Tasmania confirming it will remain in the state. But the company has warned it will collapse if the Upper House scuttles forest peace deal legislation. The veneer producer says its timber quota will fall by almost 40 per cent under plans to protect half a million hectares of forest from logging. But executive director Evan Rolley says the company is supporting the plan because will bring with it critical environmental backing for the company.

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Forestry peace: Tasmania’s not out of the woods yet

The Age
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It has been another day of surprise in the never-ending story that is Australia’s longest environmental battle. Just over a year ago, the green negotiators of a Tasmanian forests peace called a series of public meetings to talk about the forests they valued, and how a deal might be reached. At some meetings, rows of workers wearing the high-visibility uniform of the state’s largest surviving timber processor, Ta Ann, angrily heckled the speakers. Now Ta Ann’s boss says that the peace deal is the only game in town and the company backs it.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Talks With Company on Paper Mill End

VOCM
November 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Talks that would have seen the former AbitibiBowater mill in Grand Falls-Windsor re-open as a pellet plant have come to an end. Natural Resources Minister Jerome Kennedy says the final straw came in July when York Energy removed plans for a sawmill from its proposal. Responding to questions in the House of Assembly, … He says after two years of conversation, there were still numerous areas of uncertainty. Liberal Leader Dwight Ball compared the York outcome to another failed plan in 2010, but Kennedy says he’s not willing to waste government money.

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Ontario Power Generation – Atikokan Generating Station Biomass Fuel Suppliers Announced

ENP Newswire
November 26, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Toronto – Ontario Power Generation has awarded the following contracts for the supply of the total 90,000 tonnes of biomass wood pellets to fuel the Atikokan Generating Station. Atikokan Renewable Fuels has been awarded a contract for the supply of 45,000 tonnes of biomass wood pellets. Resolute Forest Products Canada has been awarded a contract for the supply of 45,000 tonnes of biomass wood pellets.

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Managing Woody Biomass: The Past Century in Review

Foresters and timberland managers have stabilized woody biomass in the U.S. for the last century, meeting consumer demand without exhausting supply.
Biomass Magazine
November 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

At the turn of the 20th century, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt warned Congress, with subsequent hyperbole appearing in New York Times headlines, that “a timber famine is inevitable.” … The timber famine or scarcity never happened, despite the increased consumer demand placed on our nation’s timber resources through the Roaring Twenties, post-World War II boom and other high-growth periods. The complete opposite of timber scarcity has occurred over the past century.

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Biomass: Opportunities and obstacles

Herald and News
November 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Perhaps renewable energy holds the key to new development in the region. Although a proposed Lakeview biomass plant never got off the ground, Klamath Falls Bioenergy is more optimistic about its plant on Highway 66 between Klamath Falls and Keno, which isn’t to say it has been an easy road, or that the plant is a slam dunk. Protests have emerged about the facility’s proposed location. Community members have expressed concern over the plant’s contribution to air pollution in the area, both from wood smoke and vehicle traffic.

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