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Daily Archives: November 29, 2012

Business & Politics

How to play the improving U.S. housing market with paper and forest products stocks

Finanacial Post
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

With the U.S. housing market looking like it will continue to gain traction, investors have several ways to play the pick-up in activity. One route is the paper and forest products sector. Paul Quinn, a Vancouver-based analyst at RBC Capital Markets, noted that 2013 is shaping up to be the fifth worst year for U.S. housing in the past 50 years. And while activity is up roughly 50% from the bottom, it is only a third of the way from a sustainable long-term level of 1.5 million to 1.6 million starts he expects in 2015-2016.

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LP spends $75M to buy Canadian lumber mill

The Tennessean
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is spending $75 million to become the sole owner of a Canadian lumber mill, the Nashville-based manufacturer announced Wednesday. LP is expected to complete a deal by the end of the year to purchase Canfor Corporation’s 50 percent stake in the mill. The firms have signed a letter of intent that sets the purchase price for Canfor’s share, including working capital and with the possibility of additional considerations based on the mill’s earnings.

Canfor Selling Shares in Peace Valley OSB from 250 News

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Gentlemen, start your sawmills: U.S. housing is back

Globe and Mail
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Don’t get too down about Wednesday’s mildly disappointing U.S. new-home-sales report. The market with the most direct stake in those numbers – namely, lumber – is cheering them. … Indeed, sales in the Northeast – where the hurricane hit hardest – tumbled 33 per cent, yet impressive strength in other regions made up for these losses. Looking past the hurricane effects, the data reflect a continuation of a
strengthening trend in demand for new homes in the United States this
year.

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Profits sprout in Canada’s wood products industry

from Conference Board of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
November 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Canada’s wood products manufacturing industry is set to earn $381 million in pre-tax profits this year, marking its third consecutive year in the black, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Industrial Outlook-Autumn 2012. With industry profits forecast to quadruple this year, Canada’s wood products manufacturers are reaping some of the benefits of their restructuring during the past decade. Profits are forecast to double in 2013 to $787 million and exceed $1 billion annually beginning in 2014.

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NewPage pensioners told to pay back thousands

Calculation error affects about 200 former workers
CBC News
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A group of former NewPage paper plant workers have been told they’ll have to foot the bill for a mistake made by the former administrator of their pension plan. The workers – who are already living with reduced payments because the plan was underfunded – are now being asked to pay back tens of thousands of dollars. Morneau Shepell, the current pension plan administrator, sent letters to the pensioners this week, saying a previous plan administrator made a calculation error when figuring out payments.

Error may cost former mill workers millions from Canadian Press
Pension error worries retired paper mill workers from The Chronicle Herald

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Union members at paper mill authorize strike

Minnesota Public Radio
November 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

DULUTH, Minn. — About 400 union members at a paper mill in Cloquet have voted to authorize a strike. The vote does not mean that workers at the Sappi Fine Paper Mill will strike. But union leaders now have the authority to call one if they cannot reach a contract agreement with the company. The authorization vote comes while South Africa-based Sappi is spending $170 million to convert the Cloquet pulp mill to produce a specialized cellulose used in clothing, cell phone screens and other consumer products.

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Forestry

Protesters block logging road access on Cortes Island

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

This morning on Cortes Island, Island Timberlands trucks were stopped at a yellow logging road gate by two masked protesters lying on the ground. Island Timberlands personnel filmed the protesters, presumably in preparation for an application for a civil injunction. According to a local source, they put their cameras close to the faces of the protesters and pushed them for an incriminating statement. The protesters did not respond and remained on the site until the end of the day.

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Bridges project seeks to help small-scale forest operators

Clearwater Times
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new provincial partnership called Bridges II could mean big opportunities for local woodlot licensees and community forests. That was the message that consultant Chris Ortner and Jim Burck, community economic development director with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, brought to Clearwater on Thursday. The pair were on a fact-finding tour of the McBride to Barriere corridor. The provincial government has identified the corridor as one of several sub-regional targets for economic development in B.C.

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Interfor finds spiked timber before harm can be done

Kamloops Daily News
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Interfor was able to uncover acts that have been labelled eco-terrorism before they could hurt employees or damage equipment. Last June, workers on an Interfor logging operation in the Roche Lake area discovered a few hand written cardboard signs bearing warnings that timber had been spiked It turned out that logs and trees surrounding a popular rock climbing area had been run through with spikes ranging in size from nails to heavy gauge railway pins.

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Three arrested for allegedly interfering with Sunshine Coast logging

Canadian Press
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

SECHELT — Three people were arrested Tuesday as a dispute over logging on the Sunshine Coast heats up. The trio were arrested by RCMP after protesters were served with an injunction ordering them not to interfere with logging in an area southeast of Sechelt. The group Elphinstone Logging Focus had set up what it called a “peace camp” near a disputed 14-hectare area managed by the Sunshine Coast Community Forest on behalf of the District of Sechelt.

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Idaho, Washington scale back acreage for rare caribou habitat

Associated Press
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to scale back the acreage it wants to set aside in northern Idaho and eastern Washington as critical habitat for the rare woodland caribou. …Thoughtful inquiry and scientific information was presented to us,” said Brian T. Kelly, the agency’s Idaho supervisor. “Because of this, we have a modified rule that adheres to policy, is responsive to issues raised by others and most importantly addre sses habitat for caribou conservation.”

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Montana Public Radio program to highlight UM research work

The Missoulian
November 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A former University of Montana research professor hopes to help scientists bridge the communication gap with the public by launching a weekly radio program highlighting their work …The program follows this Friday with Diana Six, a forestry professor who will discuss the effects of the mountain pine beetle on the whitebark pine ecosystem. …Faculty members also span the globe to conduct their research. … while the School of Forestry and Conservation contributed to a new study on tree-leaf litter in tropical forests and the role it plays in regulating organic carbons stored in soil.

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Tiny beetle, giant threat in Northern Nevada

Associated Press
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RENO, Nev. — Foresters are on the watch for a potential invasion of an insect that has decimated millions of acres of forest across the West and in Canada, with continued evidence showing the mountain pine bark beetle is on the march into Nevada and the Sierra. The danger, Nevada State Forester Pete Anderson said, is significant. “It’s a serious deal and everybody is keeping an eye on it,” Anderson told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “It’s definitely here. We’re just doing everything we can to control it at this point.

Pine beetles threatening local Forests from Foxreno.com

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Timber projects should have equal protections

The Missoulian
November 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

On July 2, Advocates for Our Republic met with Sen. Jon Tester’s office staff to discuss ways that Congress might amend the Endangered Species Act which, as it exists today, will kill the jobs portion of the senator’s jobs bill.  . …We don’t want to lose even one more of the 6,700 remaining forest product jobs in Montana. Our position is that until the Endangered Species Act is amended to finally support the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (equality in the courts), there will be no jobs saved.

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Legislation leaves future of world’s largest temperate rainforest up in the air

Mongabay.com
November 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Although unlikely to pass anytime in the near term, recurring legislation that would hand over 80,000 acres of the Tongass Rainforest to a Native-owned logging corporation has put local communities on guard in Southeast Alaska. “The legislation privatizes a public resource. It takes land that belongs to all of us, and that all of us have a say in the use and management of, and it gives that land to a private for-profit corporation,” Andrew Thoms, Executive Director of the Sitka Conservation Society, told mongabay.com in a recent interview.

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Groups plant American chestnut trees in blight-resistance effort

Worcester Telegram
November 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…Several groups at the national and local level have been trying to find ways to restore this once ubiquitous tree to its native forests. On Nov. 17, members of the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation and the Westborough Conservation Commission planted 150 American chestnuts in the woods near Sandra Pond as part of a process to develop blight-resistant American chestnut trees and reintroduce them to Westboro’s forests.

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Logging safety claims ‘not always accurate’

Wanganui Chronicle
November 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Wanganui logging manager says while the industry may say it is well regulated and monitored, it sometimes falls short of the mark. Jason Ashworth, who has been involved in the industry for 25 years, works for Forest Management in its Wanganui office and he manages a crew of six men cutting out forests in the Wanganui region. The company has similar managers working in Timaru, Christchurch, Blenheim, Nelson, Wellington and Napier. “The rules are simple: no one should fell [trees] by themselves. That’s the accepted rule,” Mr Ashworth told the Chronicle.

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Strong demand for forestry land in the UK

Property Wire
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Strong demand has resulted in an increase in price for forestry land in the UK, with the market delivering excellent returns, according to a new report from Savills and UPM Tilhill, the UK’s largest timber harvesting and forest management company. Over the past 12 months a combination of strong demand, and the high quality and maturity of woodland on the market, resulted in an increase in the average sale price of 49% per stocked hectare.

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How illegal logging in Brazil’s Amazon turns ‘legal’

BBC News
November 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Deforestation in Brazil’s huge Amazon region has slowed in recent years, and this week the government said it was at its lowest level since monitoring began 24 years ago. But despite tougher regulations, unscrupulous loggers are still finding ways to get timber out of the jungle and selling it as legally felled wood, locals say. …In cases of “heating”, loggers bribe and bully landowners, big and small, to draw up the documentation, which they then buy, often under duress and for a negligible sum.

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Choppers battle Takaka forest fire

Stuff.co.nz
November 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Three helicopters were used to fight a fire in East Takaka yesterday which burnt about two hectares of forestry and scrubland. The fire which started about 2.30pm was contained by 7pm. The fire was not considered suspicious. Waimea Rural Fire Authority principal fire officer Ian Reade said investigators were at the site today trying to find the origin and cause of the blaze.

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Activists: China at center of illegal timber trade

Associated Press
November 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BEIJING — Voracious demand for wood to feed factories for exports and satisfy wealthier consumers at home has turned China into a magnet for the illegal timber trade, causing other countries to strip their forests as Beijing does little to discourage the practices, an environmental group said in a report released Thursday. …”These investigations reveal how Chinese traders thrive on crime,
corruption, the purchase of political patronage and poor forest
governance in the producer countries from which they source,” said the
report.

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