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Daily Archives: November 28, 2012

Business & Politics

Higher lumber demand in the US

Higher lumber demand in the US increased both US lumber production and importation in the 3Q/12, but sawlog prices have remained unchanged since 2011, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly
Wood Resources International LLC
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Seattle, USA. Housing starts in the US jumped to 894,000 units in October. This was 19 percent higher than in August, and as much as 42 percent more than in October of last year. So far this year, housing starts have been at their highest levels since 2008, and market analysts expect the next 12 months to be bumpy but still upward-trending. …The US
Northwest and the province of Quebec have been the regions
with the biggest increases in production the past year.

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Catalyst makes final $30K payment to city for the Multiplex

Alberni Valley Times
November 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After a financially rocky summer and a deferred payment, Catalyst Paper has completed their payment of $300,000 to the funding of the Alberni Valley Multiplex and the City of Port Alberni. Catalyst interim general manager Robert Belanger handed over the 10th and final installment to the city Monday afternoon, presenting a cheque to Port Alberni Mayor John Douglas. .

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Speculation of big China purchase of B.C. lumber sets futures flying

Chicago Mercantile traders pinpoint West Fraser Timber as big seller
Reuters
November 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CHICAGO — Lumber futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange rose by the $10 daily trading limit on Tuesday morning amid short-covering and talk of Chinese buying, traders said. “There is talk of Chinese business,” said Robin Cross, a broker with INTL FCStone in Chicago. “There is also short-covering going on.” Traders said China was believed to have purchased lumber from West Fraser Timber Co Ltd in British Columbia, Canada. “

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Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. completes private placement of senior secured notes

Lesprom Network
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.( or the “Company”) announced the completion of its previously announced private placement of US$350 million aggregate principal amount of 7.5% senior secured notes due 2017 (the “New Note Offering”), as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

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WorkSafeBC investigating crane derailment at Peace Valley OSB

Energetic City
November 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An investigator from WorkSafeBC has been at Peace Valley OSB since last Thursday, after a portal crane derailed at the plant Wednesday evening. General Manager Ian Coote explains the the crane runs on rails and one set of wheels came off the track and broke off. There were two operators in the equipment at the time, but they escaped without injury. Operations at the plant were “inconvenienced but not disrupted” as there is still another crane in service.

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Sawmill buys power line logs

Terrace Standard
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RECENTLY-REOPENED Skeena Sawmills says it wants to buy all of the trees it can from those that have been cut down to make room for BC Hydro’s Northwest Transmission Line. The mill took delivery Nov. 22 of 14 truckloads of logs, purchased from the Kitsumkalum First Nation’s Kalum Ventures forestry arm which has the contract to clear 68 kilometres of the 344km power line right-of-way from BC Hydro’s Skeena Substation just south of Terrace to Bob Quinn on Hwy37 North.

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Forest Sector Recovery depends on outside market forces

Net News Ledger
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Lumber and forest products from Northern Ontario are one of our region’s exports to the United States. Seeking a recovery of the forestry sector is one of the often debated topics in both Ottawa, and Queen’s Park. For a full recovery in the area of softwood lumber, one of the keys is a stronger American economy. …So what could go wrong? While the housing sector has shown improvement, unemployment remains high and the Federal Reserve expects an additional one million foreclosures in 2013.

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Former Bowater Employees Benefit from Trades Information Sessions

Government of Nova Scotia
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Former employees of Bowater Mersey are getting more support to help retrain for good jobs in their community. Workers from the paper mill and the Oakhill sawmill will be exploring Nova Scotia Communuity College (NSCC) trades courses, speaking to prospective employers and learning about other opportunities to upgrade their skills as part of two Trades Information Days in Bridgewater and Liverpool, Nov. 28 and Nov. 29.

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Catalyst Paper identifies bidder for Snowflake mill assets

Canada Newswire press release
November 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

RICHMOND, BC,  – Catalyst Paper announced that it has accepted a qualified stalking horse bid from MLR Ventures, LLC (the Stalking Horse) as part of the sales process for disposition of the Snowflake facility and Apache Railway. “We have received a $12.0 million Stalking Horse bid for the assets and land associated with the Snowflake facility and the equity of Apache Railway,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin J. Clarke.

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Sawmill grant is secured

Businessman seeks to build mill on Port Authority property
The Western News
November 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Kootenai River Development Council of Libby has received $17,800 in grant funding from the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund of the Montana Department of Commerce for the purpose of bringing a sawmill to Libby. The grant request was written by Paul Rumelhart, the KRDC’s executive director. The agency received the funding to complete a conceptual and schematic design for the installation of a small-band sawmill capable of processing large-diameter timber.

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West coast log exports up slightly in third quarter of 2012

USDA Forest Service
November 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Log exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska increased about nine percent in the third quarter of 2012, totaling 412 million board feet, according to the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station. At the same time, lumber exports decreased about eight percent to 186 million board feet, compared to the second quarter of this year.

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Finnish Forest Products Exports Hampering because of Euro Area Problems

METLA
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The gloomy economic conditions prevailing in the euro area will be reflected in the 2012 and 2013 figures for the Finnish forest industry’s production and exports. In 2013, the economy and construction activity are improving in the key export markets, but the recovery is expected to be only modest. In the wood products industry, production and exports of sawnwood and plywood will reduce in 2012 due to the impact of sluggishing construction activity in Europe and on the domestic markets.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wooden skyscrapers could be reality in near future if a Vancouver architect has his way (& video)

Global BC News
November 16, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Vancouver architect is shopping an idea that would be a huge benefit to the B.C. forest industry. It’s an idea that has already caught on in Europe and Australia. Why build skyscrapers out of concrete and steel when there’s an alternative that’s cheaper and easier on the environment? And that alternative is…wood. The common theory is if you want to go up you need the strength of concrete and steel, but if one innovative architect has his way, old will be new again. Michael Green with MGA Architecture says it may seem like a novel idea, but it is really picking up the bones of the way we did things a century ago.

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Forestry

Our government understands that the forestry industry is undergoing more than the usual cyclical volatility

by Tony Clement, PC, MP
Net News Ledger
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Leaders Ledger – It was with great concern that I learned that Resolute Forest Products is idling its kraft mill and paper machine in Fort Frances, affecting 239 workers and their families. I and the Conservative government are keenly aware of the challenging conditions facing the forestry sector over the past number of years. The industry has had to grapple with the doubly difficult challenges of intense global competition combined with a dramatic reduction in the use of paper in an increasingly digital world.

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Cortes Island citizens prepare for logging protests

The Vancouver Observer
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lanky, clean cut Cec Robinson is pretty sure the RCMP has been following him on Cortes Island. What danger does this quiet oyster farmer and family man pose? He intends to defend his island from industrial logging by Island Timberlands because he thinks it is the right thing to do for his community and for the planet. …Who is this sincere, upstanding citizen pitting himself against? Island Timberlands, which plans to industrial log Cortes Island is owned by Brookfield Asset Management with $110 billion in managed assets and bcIMC with $92 billion in managed assets.

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B.C. salutes first graduates of new logger training program

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CAMBELL RIVER – The B.C. government is recognizing the first six graduates of an innovative Western Forest Products training program aimed at supporting the growing need for workers in the province’s forest industry. The logger training program is supported by WorkSafeBC, a government agency dedicated to promoting workplace health and safety, and focuses on worker safety, environmental awareness and the core skills necessary for entry into this demanding occupation

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Christmas tree sales falter under weak demand

U.S.-grown Fraser fir trees hurting exports for New Brunswick Christmas tree growers
CBC News
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Some Christmas tree growers are being forced to drastically cut their shipments to the United States because of cost pressures brought on by a strong Canadian dollar and the increasing popularity of a U.S.-grown tree. David Kirkpatrick, the owner of Lo-Hi Farm, said 2012 is shaping up to be a rough year for many people in the sector. Most of the trees on his Fredericton-area lot are destined for export, mainly to the northeastern United States, which has traditionally been a hot market for balsam fir trees.

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Province Invests in More Lands

Government of Nova Scotia
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotians will have more opportunities for recreation and economic development thanks to an investment in land purchases. As part of the capital plan, the province is increasing its Crown land base. Lands purchased will be used to increase coastal access, protect Mi’kmaq values, enhance wildlife conservation, and help the province meet its 12 per cent land protection goal. The $6.3 million dollar investment, which includes $800 thousand from the Forestry Transition Land Acquisition Program, is included in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

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Specious Endangerment: Obama Awards Spotted Owls 9.6 Million Acres

The New American
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Obama administration took advantage of the Thanksgiving weekend to give an early Christmas present to its “green” constituency: 9.6 million acres across the states of Washington, Oregon, and California. The ostensible recipient of this Black Friday gift is the Northern Spotted Owl, the raptor that has enraptured environmental activists and enraged loggers, ranchers, landowners, and rural towns that have been economically devastated by the “threatened” designation affixed to the bird by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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Judge Halts Logging on State Forests

KLCC FM Public Radio
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction halting 11 timber sales in Oregon’s state forests. The state is being sued by three conservation groups who say the logging projects imperil a federally protected seabird. US District Judge Ann Aiken granted the injunction Monday. It halts 11 timber sales in the Tillamook, Clatsop and Elliott State Forests that are home to the threatened Marbled Murrelet. In her ruling Judge Aiken wrote that conservation groups have shown they are likely to win the lawsuit on its merits.

Judge blocks timber sales over sea bird nesting from Associated Press

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Forest industry group presents trade-off plan for Wild Olympics; plan would free national forestlands for tree harvests

Peninsula Daily
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — A forest industry group Tuesday presented a plan for opening up 143,150 acres of Olympic National Forest to aggressive logging. The North Olympic Timber Action Committee said it would support proposed Wild Olympics legislation that would preserve 126,000 acres in the national forest and make that land off-limits to logging if the harvest plan for the other areas of the national forest were approved.

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Hotchkiss firm wins $8.66 million forest restoration contract

Business Times of Western Colorado
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Hotchkiss company has received a nearly $8.7 million federal contract to clear trees in a national forest as part of efforts to combat a pine beetle epidemic in the region. Some of the wood that’s removed will serve as fuel for a power plant planned for Gypsum. West Range Reclamation won an $8.66 million contract from the U.S. Forest Service to remove trees in the White River National Forest in Colorado.

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New Owl Habitat Affects More Oregon Forests Than Neighbors

Oregon Public Broadcasting
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The new map of protected habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl affects far more state forestland in Oregon than in Washington or California. Critical Habitat covers nine million acres of federal forest — so the 200,000 acres affected on Oregon state forests may seem relatively small. But that means almost three times as much state land protected in Oregon as in California and Washington combined. Paul Henson with U.S. Fish and Wildlife says Washington has habitat agreements with the feds.

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Horse called Tarzan aids Sutherland woodland restoration

BBC News
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A horse has been used to remove non-native larch trees from protected woodland near Spinningdale in Sutherland. Tarzan, a five-year-old Comtois, hauled the logs from the Migdale Rock Site of Special Scientific Interest in Ledmore and Migdale Woods. The horse caused less damage to rare plants than modern forest machinery. Woodland Trust Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage are restoring ancient native pine woods in the area.

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Continued decline seen in Amazon forest destruction

Conservationists still fear gains are vulnerable
Reuters
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brazil has something to tout at global climate change talks that began this week in Doha: destruction of the world’s largest rainforest is still slowing at a record pace. Data released Tuesday suggests destruction of Amazon woodlands has slowed to the lowest rate since monitoring began in 1988. … But the data, scientists warn, must still be fleshed out by follow-up research to confirm whether the reality on the ground matches what seems to be the case from the sky, especially as loggers and farmers clear smaller but more numerous patches of woodland in efforts to evade detection.

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Forestry worker’s death takes tally to 13 in 3 years

Hawke’s Bay Today
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The death of a 24-year-old forestry worker, crushed by a falling tree, has prompted urgent calls for a safety review in the industry. The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions said the death, the 13th in three years, showed the industry had a “serious health and safety crisis”. . …CTU president Helen Kelly said the death showed the industry needed a “rigorous review into its employment practices”. “We welcome the work the Government is doing in health and safety, including the Independent Taskforce Review, but something is seriously wrong in this particular industry and a special investigation is required.”

Forestry death toll must be addressed from Voxy.ca.nz

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Elm trees restored as ash trees under threat

Times Series
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Elm trees have been restored to Windsor Open Space for the first time since disease wiped them out more than 30 years ago. Conservationists planted the saplings at the Windsor Road end of the large green space to boost its natural environment and mark the Queens’ Jubilee year. Finchley Church End Councillor Graham Old, who has worked with the Friends of Windsor Open Space in the past, planted the first of six trees on Monday.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

WOODY BIOMASS An Idea Too Big to Fail

Timber West
October 31, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Our rural power company magazine recently ran an interesting chart delineating the fuel mix that generated the area’s power in 2011. Clearwater Power serves about 8,200 member households and is part of the larger Bonneville Power (BPA) grid, which gets its power as shown in the chart to the right. Interestingly enough, much of the Northwest served by the BPA is forested, with several traditional timber towns in the mix. Although woody biomass could never compete with hydro power in the region, its potential as a green power source continues to lag.

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Forest peace deal carbon credit windfall warning

ABC News, Australia
November 28, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

It is predicted the Federal Government could see a $7 billion windfall from Tasmania’s forestry peace deal. The chance for the windfall comes after the Commonwealth committed $300 million to the deal which reduces native forest logging. Climate law expert Andrew MacIntosh, from the Australian National University, believes the deal could raise billions for the Commonwealth through international carbon credits. He has told Radio National that new rules come into effect when Australia signs the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

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General

Colorado: U.S. Forest Service offers up more logging subsidies

Summit County Voice
November 26, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

SUMMIT COUNTY —The U.S. Forest Service will spend millions to prop up the wood product industry in Colorado and to subsidize more widespread logging projects in the name of forest health, restoration and renewable energy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week announced two 10-year Forest Service stewardship contracts worth a total of $13.4 million. The two contracts identify projects that will treat a minimum of 20,000 acres in two national forests, providing woody biomass for potential energy production.

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