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Daily Archives: December 5, 2012

Business & Politics

Mill fire scars deepen as owners brace for charges

Possible legal troubles raise questions over plans to rebuild Burns Lake mill
Business in Vancouver
December 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Owners and employees of sawmills where workers were killed in explosions in Burns Lake and Prince George could be facing heavy fines or even jail terms, following a WorkSafeBC investigation that has concluded with evidence being forwarded to Crown prosecutors. …Should the Crown proceed with charges, it’s not clear what that would mean for Hampton Affiliates’ plans to rebuild its Babine Forest Products mill.

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WorkSafe Alberni mill fire investigation ongoing

Alberni Valley News
December 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than 30 employees expect to be back to work next week after a fire closed the bag house at Western Forest Products Alberni Pacific Division mill in November. …A WorkSafe inspection report dated Nov. 28 focuses on replacing couplings and bearings related to an auger in the bag house. It also requires APD staff to have the structural integrity of catwalks and supporting integrity systems certified by a professional engineer before the facility can reopen.

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Western Forest Products Announces Closing of the Secondary Offering by Brookfield Special Situations Management Limited

Markwire
December 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– Western Forest Products Inc.  and Brookfield Special Situations Management Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management today announced that they have closed the previously announced bought deal secondary offering, through which Brookfield sold 62,500,000 non-voting shares of Western (the “Offered Shares”) at an offering price of $1.20 per share (the “Offering”) for aggregate gross proceeds to Brookfield of C$75,000,000.

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Burns Lake sawmill to be rebuilt after explosion, fire

CBC News
December 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hampton Affiliates has announced it will rebuild the Babine Forest Products Sawmill in Burns Lake, B.C. The decision was made unanimously at the company’s board meeting Monday night. …Al Gerow, chief of the Burns Lake Indian Band, says a cloud of despair has now lifted from the town.

Timer deal reached to rebuild Burns Lake sawmill from the BC Local News
Good news for Burns Lake with Hampton mill rebuild decision from Burns Lake Lakes District News
Community rejoices at new Burns Lake sawmill to be rebuilt from the Globe and Mail
Smaller Babine sawmill to be rebuilt, as prosecutors consider laying charges from the Canadian Press
Burns Lake Sawmill to be rebuilt from the Prince George Citizen

Click here for press release from BC Government

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Family sawmill in Merritt to close; 50 jobs to be lost

Ardew Wood Products owners blame tight supply of good quality timber for closure
Business in Vancouver
December 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A family-owned sawmill in Merritt that operated for nearly half a decade will close in January, putting more than 50 people out of work. The Ardew Wood Products Ltd. sawmill, which recently announced it will close January 11, 2013, blames a lack of logs for the shutdown. … The provincial government insists the mill has an adequate timber supply and that its owners are looking to sell it. “There is still plenty of timber available in the Merritt timber supply area,” Brennan Clarke, public affairs officer for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, told Business in Vancouver.

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Meadow Creek Cedar license suspension partly lifted

Nelson Star
December 3, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Forests has partly lifted Meadow Creek Cedar’s license suspension to allow for some “targeted logging” this winter. Blue Ridge Land and Timber Management Ltd. signed an agreement in September with plans to bring the license back into compliance and eventually take ownership. The new company is affiliated with South Slocan’s Gold Island Forest Products and Selkirk Truss. Ministry spokesman Brennan Clarke said in an email it’s “too soon” to completely lift the suspension, imposed in February for silviculture violations.

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No Decision from Lakeland Yet

250 News
December 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- While there is good news in Burns Lake with word Hampton Affiliates will rebuild the Babine mill in that community, there is no decision yet on what will happen with the Lakeland Mill in Prince George. … “As we have said before, the conditions are favourable to support a positive decision about whether we will be able to rebuild,” said Stewart. “That said, our timeline and our operating environment are different than Hampton’s. We will make every effort to make a decision as soon as possible.”

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Hopes fade for Dallas lumber mill

(author unknown)
December 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The faint hope that Dallas’ sawmill might cut lumber again has been extinguished. Buyers have started making offers on equipment at the closed Weyerhaeuser Co. site. Northwest Demolition and Dismantling, current owner of the sawmill property, talked with several groups interested in running the mill. Those discussions failed to result in a deal, company officials said Wednesday. “We didn’t get any traction with that; and I guess it’s not a huge surprise,” said Richard Wayper, vice president of marketing with Northwest Demolition and Dismantling.

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Anti-dumping commission ‘good news’ for timber industry

ABC News, Australia
December 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The timber union says a new anti-dumping commission will help to protect jobs in the timber and pulp paper industry in the Green Triangle. The Federal Government announced the commission will ensure goods imported into Australia are not sold below cost. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union’s national secretary, Michael O’Connor, says it is a welcome move that will ease pressure on the industry.

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German softwood plywood imports recover in third quarter

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
December 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Following on the sharp fall in the second quarter (-34%), German softwood plywood imports recovered again in the third quarter and rose by 33% to 110,829m³, according to the German Federal Statistical Office. This rise is practically solely due to higher deliveries from Brazil, which doubled to 60,735 m³ compared with the same stretch of last year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Lumberyards object to state wood tax

Lumber sellers say the 1% assessment will hurt business by raising prices. But home builders don’t object to the law, expected to raise $35 million a year for forest land regulation and firefighting.
Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

SACRAMENTO — Some California lumber sellers are angry about a new state tax on 2-by-4s, plywood and other forest products, and they want to make sure that their customers blame the governor and legislators for the upcoming hike in building costs. The 1% special assessment, proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown and approved in September by lawmakers, is expected to raise $35 million a year to pay for the regulation of commercial forest lands and for firefighting and prevention. Retailers, including home improvement mega stores such as Home Depot and Lowe’s and traditional, single-store and small lumberyard chains, call the new tax unfair.

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Forestry

Save ‘ecologically unique’ forest, Langley urged

by Larry Pynn – Provincial biologist urges Langley township to spare biologically diverse forest from sale and development
Vancouver Sun
December 1, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A biologically diverse 10-hectare forest owned by Langley township should be conserved instead of sold and developed, a B.C. government biologist says. In an email to the township, obtained through a freedom-of-information request, provincial species-at-risk biologist Kym Welstead said the property is “ecologically unique,” features “high biodiversity value” and has exceptional value as habitat for species at risk.

Robert Bateman visits disputed Langley forest from the Langley Advance

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MLA says industry must look to newer technologies to take advantage of timber

Nanaimo Daily News
December 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Liberal MLA says British Columbia cannot afford to continue exporting its raw logs overseas. On his website, Parksville-Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon said B.C. must look to new technologies to bolster the forestry sector and stem the tide of trees leaving the province for overseas markets. …”We can’t afford to continue to ship biomass out, raw logs out,” said Cantelon. “We want to refine them, develop them to get the most value added we can out of them. We’ve got to do that by developing new products.”

Click here to read MLA Ron Cantelon’s blog

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Logging plan in home of at-risk species draws fire

Calgary Herald
December 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY – A decision to allow logging near Hidden Creek, a tributary stream to the Oldman River that’s home to the threatened bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout, is coming under fire from conservationists. The plan, approved by the province last month, allows Spray Lakes Sawmills to cut trees on 57 hectares of forest this winter near the stream in the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies. Hidden Creek is home to 75 per cent of the Oldman watershed’s bull trout population, which was declared threatened Monday by a federal committee, as well as the imperilled westslope cutthroat trout.

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Pine beetle threatens tourism wilderness assets

After valuable trails destroyed, guest ranch owners want more forestry consultation
Business in Vancouver
December 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In the midst of intensive logging of B.C.’s Interior forests affected by the pine beetle infestation, tourism businesses are scrambling to protect the trails and views that make up their product. Over the past few years, operators of guest ranches in the Cariboo-Chilcotin have been caught off guard by the speed and amount of logging in the lands they have tenured access to. The area is the epicentre of the pine beetle infestation. The owner of Free Rein Guest Ranch in Bridge Lake is on the hook for around $100,000 to replace destroyed trails.

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Delay in prescribed burns in mountain parks called “short sighted”

Calgary Herald
December 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BANFF — A decision by Parks Canada to postpone all significant prescribed fires in the mountain national parks this year has drawn criticism from one of the key players involved in developing the agency’s national prescribed burn program. Park officials say the fire program was deferred because the funding pool was tapped out for the year, with money being spent on critical ecological projects elsewhere, including prescribed fires in parks in Saskatchewan.

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Cortes Island residents rejoice as Island Timberlands temporarily withdraws logging crew

The Vancouver Observer
December 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cortes Island forest activists and residents celebrated today as Island Timberlands (I.T.) withdrew crews and announced that they would not attempt to move forward with operations for at least a week. …Island Timberlands expressed a desire to return to negotiations with Cortes Island residents, and their lawyers will be meeting with legal counsel from Straith Litigation Chambers of West Vancouver, who have been retained by Cortes community stakeholders.

Cortes Protesters Take on Logging Company from the HQ Comox Valley

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Logging truck, ONR train collide near Kirkland Lake 4

The Sudbury Star
December 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

At about 2:50 p.m. Monday a Rosko Forestry logging truck with a full load of logs came into collision with an ONR train at the level rail crossing on Highway 66, just east of King Kirkland, near Kirkland Lake. Even though the truck was destroyed by the collision, the OPP report it didn’t appear the driver had any major injuries and he was transported to Kirkland and District Hospital for assessment of his injuries.

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US Forest Service chief says timber harvest must increase

Capital Press
December 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

BOISE — Representatives of Idaho’s forest industry reacted positively to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell’s announcement that timber harvest on federal land would increase by 20 percent over the next couple of years. Tidwell told members of Boise’s City Club Nov. 30 that this year’s severe wildfire season is an example of why it’s critical to restore forest health by clearing out some of the fuel that is leading to much bigger wildfires. Close to 9 million acres burned across the nation this year, much more than normal, Tidwell said, but federal scientists predict that fire seasons of 12-15 million acres will be the norm in the future.

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Forest Service backs drilling near Mount St. Helens

Final decision from BLM could come next week; appeals possible
The Columbian
December 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday authorized controversial mineral prospecting near Mount St. Helens, giving a key endorsement to a Canadian company hoping to drill there. That doesn’t greenlight the project just yet. The Bureau of Land Management, which holds final say, could make its decision as soon as next week, said spokesman Michael Campbell. But an earlier BLM assessment appeared to agree with the forest service, finding that exploratory drilling in the Goat Mountain area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest would pose no major impact to the environment.

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Stewardship Contracts Offer Economic and Environmental Benefits

Biomass Magazine
December 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As our elected officials continue to work on proposals to avert the “fiscal cliff,” some federal lawmakers would have you believe that the majority of federal spending is wasteful. …Last week, the U.S. Forest Service announced two 10-year stewardship contracts in Colorado. …The contracts focus on improving the health of portions of the Medicine Bow-Routt and White River national forests in southern Wyoming and northern Colorado that have been affected by mountain pine beetle.

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New code for forestry industry

Voxy
December 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MP for Rotorua Todd McClay today launched the Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Forest Operations at the Forest Industry Contractors Association ‘Big Day Out’ conference in Rotorua. The forestry sector has the highest rate of fatal work-related injuries in New Zealand and the rate of ACC claims for the forestry sector is almost six times the rate for all sectors.

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Amazon Deforestation Destroyed UK-Sized Area Between 2000 And 2010, Study Says

Associated Press
December 4, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SAO PAULO — Deforestation in the Amazon destroyed an area almost as big as the United Kingdom between 2000 and 2010, environmental watchdog agencies said Tuesday. The study prepared by the Amazon Information Network was released in Bolivia. It showed that close to 93,000 square miles (240,000 square kilometers) of Amazon rainforest were devastated in the 10-year period, the network said in a statement. The main culprits are illegal logging, the construction of highways, mining, farming and ranching, the construction of hydroelectric dams and oil and gas drilling and exploration.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Creating a canadian advantage in the bio-economy

by Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
December 4, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – A group of industry association is joining forces in a new Bio-economy network (BEN) to explore ways to take advantage of the significant emerging potential in the global marketplace for bio-based products. …”Canada has an abundance of renewable resources that can feed a wide range of bio-products” says Catherine Cobden, the executive vice president of the Forest Products Association of Canada and the chair of BEN. “Developing our bio-potential will help unleash our national resources potential to spur future economic growth and job creation in Canada.”

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NATIONS: Forestry protection talks break down in Doha

WWF International
December 5, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Developing and developed countries reached a stalemate over how to verify carbon emissions from forests in Saturday’s talks on reducing carbon emissions from deforestation at the annual U.N. climate conference in Doha, Qatar. Represented by Brazil and Norway, respectively, poor and wealthy nations were unable to agree on how high to set the standard to verify emissions reductions at the 37th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), the group that dispenses scientific advice to the delegates to the conference.

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