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Daily Archives: December 6, 2012

Business & Politics

Conifex Timber eliminated the Chief Operating Officer position

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

Conifex Timber has revised its management structure and eliminated the Chief Operating Officer position in order to, among other things, streamline operations and provide for more direct-line reporting, as the company said in a press release received by Lesprom Network.

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Forestry sector showing growth: AFPA

Fairview Post
December 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Third-quarter results from the Alberta Forest Products Association show growth in the sector. The report shows production value increased by $66 million, reflecting 12% growth over this time last year, and $33 million or 6% growth from the last quarter. “These numbers are great news for communities in Alberta that depend on the forest industry,” said AFPA president and CEO Brady Whittaker of Edmonton. …“Strong Canadian dollar takes its chunk out of us,” Mulligan. “We’re working very hard right now to diversify markets.”

Union Slates safety code for forestry from Rotorua Daily Post

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Paper mill mulls adding to grades

Chronicle Herald
December 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

As global consumption of paper products continues to decline, Port Hawkesbury Paper LLC is looking at diversifying its grades of paper to offset the drop. …The market in the United States for supercalendered paper, used for magazines, catalogues and newspaper inserts, is roughly two million tonnes annually, while the lightweight coated paper market is nearly 3.5 million tonnes, Ron Stern said Wednesday. “This mill has the capability of expanding its grade mix so you will see us trying — and I think we will — sell more and more paper,” Stern told The Chronicle Herald’s editorial board.

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Pulp mill pension news leads to discussion in Fort McMurray

Cape Breton Post
December 4, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

There are lots of odds and ends to talk about this week, so let’s get to the first big question: Who has been affected by the latest bombshell in Port Hawkesbury? I bet the night the story hit the news back home we got 10 calls out here about the situation. Some from guys who are affected, others from people who are out here and were asking us if we had heard the news. Apparently the company that was looking after the pulp mill workers’ pension plan made a mistake in the calculations and now they want the retired workers to repay their mistakes. For some this means anywhere from $15,000 to $60,000.

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Meeting with Resolute deemed positive

Fort Frances Times Online
December 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell and Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty both are “cautiously optimistic” about the future of the Resolute Forest Products mill here after meeting with company president Richard Garneau last Thursday night in Toronto.
The pair met with Garneau for more than two hours, during which he and his advisor, John Valley, addressed and quelled a number of concerns that have been circulating locally around the company’s intentions and the future of its operations in Fort Frances, noted Campbell.

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Burns Lake mayor relieved by mill announcement

Prince George Citizen
December 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A rebuilt Babine Forest Products means a stable tax base for the municipality of Burns Lake. …It is is one of the few towns in the region that has almost zero industrial taxation income, despite it being the hub community for thousands of rural dwellers all over the Lakes District. Its mills and factories are spread around the area, but all outside town limits. Babine’s mill site is on a parcel of First Nations land about 20 minutes drive east of the municipal boundaries.

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Company says closed Dallas mill won’t be revived

Associated Press
December 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DALLAS, Ore. — A former Weyerhaeuser sawmill in a county that a state economist calls a “poster child” for the decline of the wood products industry is being dismantled, extinguishing faint hopes that somebody would revive it….A decade ago, about 34,000 Oregonians statewide worked in wood products manufacturing plants. That has shrunk by more than 40 percent, to about 19,840. Pat O’ Connor, a state regional economist, said Polk County had 1,500 mill jobs in the 1970s, dropping to 400 by 2001 and now to fewer than 60.

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Log and lumber imports to China were down 19% during first eight months of 2012

Wood Resources International LLC
Business Wire
December 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Seattle, USA. The reduction in construction activities in China during 2012 has resulted in reduced demand for lumber, and as a consequence, a sharp decline in the importation of softwood logs and lumber to the country. During the first eight months this year, China imported logs and lumber worth 4.3 billion dollars, or 19 percent less than the same period last year, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly  By volume, log imports were down 17 percent and lumber imports down five percent.

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WRQ Reports That Domestic Sawlog Prices in Russia Have Gone up 25% in Three Years, Despite Higher Log Export Tariffs

Wood Resources International LLC
Business Wire
December 5, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Domestic log prices in Western Russia did not decline long-term as the Russian government had hoped when Russia increased log export tariffs to 25% in April of 2008. Initially, domestic log prices fell when the tariffs were implemented, but from the 1Q/09 to the 3Q/12 the average softwood sawlog price in Ruble terms went up by 24 percent, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Borregaard has received a grant of NOK 30 million

Pulp and Paper News
December 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Borregaard has received a grant of NOK 30 million from the Research Council of Norway’s earmarked funds for research on wood processing. The funds will be used over three years on innovation projects based on timber. “The grant from the Research Council is recognition of the research and development work Borregaard has done so far, and a positive signal for continued focus on innovation in the wood processing area in Norway,” says CEO Per A. Sørlie.

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Innovation tales from Austria and Honduras

Daily Commerical News
December 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

…First, to Austria, where Cree, a systems builder, has finished its hybrid wooden, eight-storey office building, and tenants have been moving in since the end of August. The project is called LCT One, the acronym standing for Life-Cycle Tower. Cree calls it a hybrid wooden building because it uses concrete, as well. It has a concrete foundation and its concrete that houses its elevators and utility shafts. But from the foundation, glue-laminated (glulam) wood timbers rise, floor by floor, to frame the building

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Forestry

Higher-paying Alberta oil jobs lure thousands of British Columbians

National Post
December 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Planeloads of British Columbians are pulling it off by commuting regularly to higher-paying oil jobs in Alberta, bypassing controversies over proposed oil pipelines linked to opposition to Alberta’s oil sands growth. …John Allan, president and CEO of the Vancouver-based Council of Forest Industries, said the Alberta oil industry tends to recruit the types of skilled workers who are back in demand in forestry companies..  …“The companies I talk to, whether it’s pulp and paper or solid wood, [say] there is a challenge to get skilled workers,” Mr. Allan said. “We pay pretty well, and not every one wants to work in Alberta, but wages are better over there.”

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Invasive beetle hitches a lift in B.C. liquor store decorations imported from China Read more:

Food Inspection Agency orders liquor stores to remove and destroy festive wood and pine cone ornaments
Vancouver Sun
December 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch will destroy $182,000 worth of Christmas decorations imported from China because the shipment included an unwanted gift: a brown fir longhorned beetle. The wood-boring pest, which attacks dead or dying trees, was discovered by staff at a Metro liquor store last month as they unpacked wood and pine cone decorations. The beetle was reported to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which last week ordered the decorations be removed from stores and destroyed.

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Wildfire protection funding change helps communities

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource OperationsUnion of B.C. MunicipalitiesFirst Nations’ Emergency Services Society of B.C
BC Government
December 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – B.C. municipalities, regional districts and First Nations will soon get more help to protect their communities and local infrastructure from wildfire threats, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. In April 2011, the ministry announced new funding of $25 million for the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative. This initiative supports the development of community wildfire protection plans (CWPPs) and fuel management projects in interface areas where urban development borders on forested lands.

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Forestry analysis branches out with forum led by N.S.

Chronicle Herald
December 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia’s billion-dollar forestry industry will be put under the microscope next week during a blue-sky session on its future. Premier Darrell Dexter said the provincial government will host the Halifax forestry forum Tuesday to brainstorm ways the province can take better advantage of the sector. “The forum will look at the future of an industry that employs thousands of people at a turning point when the largest single private landholding is up for sale,” Dexter said Wednesday in his annual state of the province speech in Halifax.

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Exposed: Resolute Forest Products breaks historic environmental agreement

Greenpeace Canada
December 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Logging roads built in Quebec’s Montagne Blanches region managed by Resolute Forest Products are a violation of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) says Greenpeace. The organization released GPS-tagged photos of the logging activity in critical caribou habitat today, prompting Greenpeace to leave the CBFA. … “When the biggest logging company in the Boreal Forest goes back on its word to stay out of critical habitat, it signals the Agreement has broken down.”

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Forest industry remains committed to Boreal Forest Agreement

Canada Newswire press release
December 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA  – Member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada remain committed to the promises made to Canadians, rural communities, the environment and the marketplace under the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement  and will continue to work hard with environmental partners on its implementation.. …”This historic agreement has been widely lauded around the world for embracing a new paradigm of co-operation and it’s unfortunate that Greenpeace has decided to walk away. However forest companies remain committed and will continue working on implementation.” says the President and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay.

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Dexter’s Bowater land strategy: Negotiation, not expropriation

Chronicle Herald
December 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Darrell Dexter is rejecting a Liberal call to expropriate land belonging to the owner of the former Bowater Mersey Paper Co. Resolute Forest Products of Montreal owns 220,000 hectares of Nova Scotia land, making it the biggest private landowner in the province. Provincial officials have been negotiating with the company for months about buying the land. Dexter said Tuesday that negotiations, not expropriation, likely offer the best value for taxpayer

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Video: Could new EPA regulations topple the timber industry?

Fox News
December 3, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Shannon Bream reports from the Supreme Court

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Prevent legal quagmire for timber industry

The Oregonian
December 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The nation’s timber industry experienced a low moment before the high court on Monday when a last minute action by the Environmental Protection Agency complicated an effort to clarify a provision of the Clean Water Act. We wouldn’t be surprised if the industry’s lawyers and representatives downed a few drinks that evening while contemplating the possibility that Congress might soon be their best avenue for relief The point of clarification involves ditches and culverts that drain runoff, often muddy, from logging roads.

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Giant Sequoias Grow Faster With Age

Older trees beat out youngsters when it comes to bulking up.
National Geographic
December 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Aging giant sequoia trees are growing faster than ever, with some of the oldest and tallest trees producing more wood, on average, in old age than they did when they were younger. A 2,000-year-old giant sequoia is just cranking out wood, said Steve Sillett, a professor at Humboldt State University in California who has conducted recent research on the big trees. Other long-lived trees like coast redwoods and Australia’s Eucalyptus regnans also show an increase in wood production during old age, according to an article Sillett published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management.

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Making sure forestry deal is dead and buried

The Advocate
December 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A COFFIN is an unconventional way to get a point across, but lobby group Give It Back is using it for a campaign to ensure the forestry deal remains buried. Give It Back is travelling across the state to give people an opportunity to hammer a nail into the coffin and sign their name. “We are giving the people of Tasmania an opportunity to nail the lid on a dead forestry deal that has caused Tasmania so much grief over the last couple of years,” Give It Back member Michael Kelly said.

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Indonesia’s forest moratorium: to extend or not to extend?

Forests Blog, CIFOR
December 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

DOHA, Qatar _ Experts on the sidelines of the U.N. climate conference in Doha are weighing in on whether Indonesia should extend its two-year ban on the issuance of new forestry concessions in order to give the country a chance to meet its emissions reductions goals by 2020. …Last week, Indonesia’s Forestry Minister announced that he will recommend to the President that the moratorium be extended when it expires in May 2013. But in response, lawmakers in the House of Representatives threatened to freeze the budget for reforestation projects should Yudhoyono decide to extend the ban until the end of his term in 2014.

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Forestry standards show nothing learned from Pike River

Voxy
December 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The launch of new forestry standards today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MoBIE) show the department has learned nothing from the tragedy of Pike River and continues to provide weak leadership in the area of Health and Safety, the Council of Trade Unions said today. “The standards were developed without any worker participation and by the very organisations in the forest industry that already show they have no understanding of the seriousness of the ongoing health and safety issues in the sector,” CTU president Helen Kelly said.

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Government sets out strategy to tackle Chalara dieback of ash

UK Forestry Commission
December 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new strategy to tackle Chalara dieback of ash trees was published today by Owen Paterson, Environment Secretary in the United Kingdom Government, alongside the Tree and Plant Health Task Force’s interim report. The Chalara Control Plan sets out the Government’s objectives for tackling the disease, and outlines the further action to be taken over the next few months.

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Ash action plan ‘too little too late’, say campaigners

Government plans unveiled on Thursday to tackle the spread of ash dieback disease are labelled weak and under-resourced by campaign groups.
Channel4.com
December 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…But wildlife groups say the plan doesn’t match the scale of the problem. “The limited actions and weak commitments set out in the plan will not be enough to achieve the aim of controlling the spread of the disease,” said Dr Simon Pryor, director of the natural environment at the National Trust. “It’s far too little, too late.” Campaigners welcome the involvement of volunteers in tracing the disease, but argue that without meaningful financial support from government the stragety won’t deliver.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forestry research needs to cross scientific boundaries to make REDD+ ‘work’

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

DOHA, Qatar _A clear trend can be seen at the current UN climate change conference, involving agriculture and rural development in the REDD+ debate, crossing sector boundaries and moving toward ‘living landscapes’. Likewise a lot of attention has been given to an integrated landscape approach to climate change mitigation during Forest Day 6. This implies the need for more holistic and interdisciplinary approaches, not only for REDD+ implementation and policies, but also for related research.

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