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Daily Archives: December 10, 2012

Business & Politics

Former Sino-Forest CFO seeking more than $480,000 in severance, vacation pay

Globe and Mail
December 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The former chief financial officer of Sino-Forest Corp., who was fired in September following allegations levelled against him by the Ontario Securities Commission, is seeking more than $480,000 in severance and vacation pay from the Chinese timber firm, court documents show. Lawyers for David Horsley, who served as Sino-Forest’s senior vice-president and CFO from October, 2005, until April, 2012, when the company received enforcement notices from the OSC, claim their client is entitled to $350,000 in severance plus an undisclosed annual bonus payment, as well as $135,800 in accrued vacation pay.

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North American lumber prices forecast to soar in 2013 and reach record highs in 2014

December 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

With the return of a demand-driven wood products market in 2012 – due to rapidly increasing housing starts in the U.S. – it is now forecast that lumber and panel prices will move to new highs in 2013 and record highs for lumber in 2014. A North American “super-cycle” has been predicted by WOOD MARKETS since 2008 as a result of emerging supply-side constraints (mainly on forests and logs) as well as changing demand dynamics, but the global financial crisis that started in late 2008 and an unusually slow U.S. housing market recovery have delayed this event until 2012.

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Can Burns Lake recover from deadly sawmill explosion?

Globe and Mail
December 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ken Michell was working the afternoon shift, in his third decade at the Babine Forest Products mill. He remembers seeing a fireball racing toward him, and ripping off his hardhat because it was on fire. …“I’m happy they are going to rebuild,” Mrs. Michell said this week. “I’m happy and sad at the same time. Because my husband can’t go back to work there.” Those mixed emotions – optimism layered with grief and some uncertainty – run through conversations in and about this town about 220 kilometres west of Prince George. The mill’s owners announced their decision to rebuild even as an investigation into the cause of the blast is still under way.

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High court says Newfoundland can’t force insolvent firm to clean contamination

Canadian Press
December 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador called on the Harper government Friday to change corporate bankruptcy laws after it lost a major environmental appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada. The province failed in its bid to force the newsprint giant, formerly known as AbitibiBowater Inc., to pay for an environmental cleanup, as the Supreme Court sided with the company in a 7-2 ruling. The province’s attorney general called for legislative changes after Friday’s ruling, which acknowledged the so-called “polluter pay” principle. But that wasn’t enough to give the province the legal victory that eluded it Friday for the third time.

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BRIGHTON: Mill deal sparks worry about forest

TheChronicleHerald.ca
December 9, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

… Now, it’s worth taking a walk through the details of the recent Crown land-use agreement struck with Port Hawkesbury Paper LP in September and made public in November. The deal covers vast tracts of land in eastern Nova Scotia. While the government will retain more power over the use of this rich natural resource than it did under the previous agreements with NewPage and Stora Enso, the deal makes Port Hawkesbury Paper the sole broker and price-setter for the lands included in the 20-year agreement. …

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NL shouldn’t pay for $100M mill cleanup, say residents

CBC News
December 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Grand Falls-Windsor residents aren’t happy that AbitibiBowater won’t be held responsible for cleaning up the old mill. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Friday that the Newfoundland and Labrador government is responsible for the $100-million cleanup cost of the environmental mess. … “It’s not proper. All the Supreme Court of Canada is telling everybody [is that] all these giant corporations in Canada now that it’s OK to relinquish these responsibilities, just declare bankruptcy, and you’re safe. It’s an environmental disaster as far as I’m concerned.”

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Queens County tries to move past Bowater mill closure

Transition team releases report
CBC News
December 8, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The provincially appointed transition team for Queens County has released its report on how the county should move on after the closure of the Bowater paper mill six months ago. Mayor Christopher Clarke said there’s been some revitalization, but it has been a tough year for those who worked at the mill and worse for the 2,000 people indirectly affected by its closure. The region’s economy had been primarily focused on supplying the mill. A lot of them were not direct Bowater employees, but worked for
contractors. They, I think, are having a much harder time of it,” Clarke
said.

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Number of Improving Housing Markets Surges to 201 in December

National Association of Home Builders
December 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The number of housing markets considered “improving” according to parameters established by the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) surged by 76 to a total of 201 metros in December, according to IMI data released today. The index also shows that the number of states represented on the list by at least one metro increased from 38 in November to 44 (plus the District of Columbia) in December.

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Electrical Fire Hits Maine Paper Mill

Firehouse.com
December 7, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

BUCKSPORT, Maine — A two-story electrical fire at one of Verso Paper Corp.’s pulp machines in Bucksport was extinguished Thursday night by local firefighters and the company’s emergency crew. A Verso worker reported the fire around 8:15 p.m. after seeing smoke at the mill’s Thermo-Mechanical Pulp plant. The blaze apparently began at a cable tray, where power, computer and other wires collect together, according to Verso spokesman Bill Cohen.

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Forest products contributed nearly $10 billion to Kentucky’s economy this year

The Lane Report
December 6, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

FRANKFORT—Kentucky forest products contributed nearly $10 billion to the state’s economy, according to an economic impact study released Thursday. Dr. Jeffrey W. Stringer, hardwood Silviculture professor with the University of Kentucky’s (UK) Department of Forestry, announced the findings from the study on the forest and wood industry impact to Kentucky’s economy during the 93rd annual meeting of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation in Louisville.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Concrete group warns HRM about wood policy

Chronicle Herald
December 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Implementing a “wood-first” policy could pose public safety risks, says the president of a national construction organization.. … “Certainly, we’re protecting our industry, but we’re trying to protect the consumer,” he said Friday in a telephone interview from Kitchener, Ont.  “I’m not opposed to wood, I mean certainly everything has its application. But if you’re building schools and you’re building nursing homes, especially with more than one storey, you certainly wouldn’t want to have your mother in the second or third storey of a wood structure that’s on fire in the bottom floor.

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Wood weighed as primary Halifax building material

CBC News
December 7, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Halifax Regional Municipality is considering a wood-first policy for the construction materials used in municipally-owned buildings but at least one other sector in the construction industry wants a say. Richard MacLellan, the manager of sustainable environment for the Halifax Regional Municipality, made a recommendation to the city’s Environment and Sustainability Committee on Thursday to adopt a wood-first policy. He said other provinces and municipalities have already approved similar proposals.

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Weaker pulp markets forcing pulp manufacturers worldwide to cut costs

by Hakan Ekstrom
Troy Media
December 8, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, International

SEATTLE, WA, Troy Media/ – Prices for softwood market pulp (NBSK) prices have trended downward for more than a year from their record highs of over $1000 per ton in the summer of 2011. In the 3Q/12, prices had fallen to between $750-800/ton in Europe and were about US$50 higher in the U.S. This relatively long-lasting price decline seems to have come to an end this fall, as there are now pulp producers negotiating higher prices again. List prices for December are in the range of $820-870/ton depending on if the deliveries are to Europe or North America.

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Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau Busts Louisiana Wood Firm

Woodworking Network
December 6, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

FEDERAL WAY, WA – Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau says it made a six-figure out-of-court settlement with a Louisiana wood producer, averting a lawsuit over trademark infringement for unauthorized use of a certification stamp – a violation of the Lanham Act. The confidential settlement was agreed to by both parties before a lawsuit was filed, according to PLIB, which also provides lumber grading services and wood pellet biofuel inspection.

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Forestry

Sunshine Coast activists demand public consultation on Wilson Creek logging

Vancouver Observer
December 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

About 80 Sunshine Coast residents gathered peacefully on Dec. 4 outside the office of Sechelt, BC mayor John Henderson to demand public consultation regarding the current logging of nearby Wilson Creek forest. Henderson did not appear. Nine were arrested this week after trying to halt the start of logging on 27 hectares of this forest, known as cutblock EW002. This is one of the last intact, natural forests left in the Wilson Creek watershed. Its largest tree, a Douglas fir, measures 2.31 metres across.

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Loggers leave Cortes … but promise to return

Campbell River Mirror
December 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An unofficial time out is being observed in the standoff between Cortes Island environmental activists and Island Timberlands over the company’s plans to log its private land which contains old growth stands. Last week, Cortes environmentalists, residents and supporters repeatedly blocked Island Timberlands’ crews from beginning logging operations near Basil Creek. Zoe Miles, a member of Wildstands, says the community has attempted to work with the company for more than four years to develop an ecosystem-based approach to forestry.

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Mackenzie log yards questioned

Prince George Citizen
December 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The residents of Mackenzie have been watching a pair of log sorting yards develop, wondering if they represent forest industry jobs rolling out of the region. The two sort yards are adjacent the railroad tracks, close to one another. Sources from the logging industry in Mackenzie said that it was common knowledge there was more available wood in the Mackezie Forest District than its own mills could handle, so where were these logs being processed?

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Snow, wind take toll on city trees

Lethbridge Herald
December 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

They’re eye-pleasing and environmentally positive. But in a storm, trees can play havoc with streets, communication and power lines. That’s a lesson Americans on the Atlantic coast learned recently, as tropical storm Sandy sent fierce winds through their neighbourhoods. But wind can be an everyday thing in Lethbridge, and officials say the city’s trees are proactively trimmed for safety. City-owned trees in boulevards and parks are pruned to keep them away from overhead wires, explains Brent Smith, a technician with the city’s electric utility.

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Resolute Forest, Greenpeace in fight over logging claims

Montreal Gazette
December 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Montreal’s Resolute Forest Products Inc. has vigorously denied claims by Greenpeace Canada that it has been logging in the Montagnes Blanches in northwestern Quebec, an area it agreed to protect under the landmark 2010 Canadia n Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA). It accused Greenpeace of spreading misinformation and misconceptions, creating “a disservice to the tens of thousands of people who rely on the forest products industry for their livelihood.”

Greenpeace says US logging company has broken landmark boreal forest agreement from Mongabay

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N.S. close to deal with Resolute over 1/2 million acres of forest

Report shows wood-based products likely to remain central to Queens economy
Chronicle Herald
December 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

LIVERPOOL — Premier Darrell Dexter said he believes the province is close to reaching a deal with Resolute Forest Products over the fate of its 550,000 acres of land in Nova Scotia. Dexter was in Liverpool Friday afternoon to release the Bowater Transition Advisory Team’s report on the future of Lunenburg and Queens counties in the wake of the Brooklyn mill’s closure. He said Resolute’s lands are “a big part of what they see as their future. “

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Group will speak for industry

Leader Post
December 7, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Beginning in January, the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council – a group of senior manufacturing executives, operational leaders and key stakeholders from across the province – will speak on behalf of Saskatchewan manufacturers and exporters. Affliated with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), the newly formed council’s mandate is to “find common ground on priority issues impacting Saskatchewan manufacturers and exporters, and to work alongside partners in both industry and the public sector to ensure the necessary policies, programs and services are in place to grow domestically and around the world.”

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Bowater land sale: Future of our forests

Chronicle Herald
December 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Nova Scotia seems on the verge of buying most or all of the former Bowater Mersey lands in the province, a massive buy that could encompass 220,000 hectares of mainly prime timber. That’s a move we’ve long supported. As Premier Darrell Dexter has rightly argued, if Resolute Forest Products, Bowater’s parent company, sells that land to other buyers, those forests could be exploited in ways not in Nova Scotia’s long-term interests. Assuming the province does buy that land, which has been roughly valued at up to $100 million, the key question is what the government would then do with such a valuable asset.

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NIST and Forest Service create world’s first hazard scale for wildland fires

Eureka Alert
December 5, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Two federal agencies have teamed to create the first-ever system for linking accurate assessments of risk from wildland fires to improved building codes, standards and practices that will help communities better resist the threat. The proposed Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Hazard Scale addresses fires that occur where developed and undeveloped areas meet, and is described in a report* released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

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Let it burn? Federal agencies draft national wildland fire strategy

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
December 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Wildfires and weather share a common problem: We all talk about them, but what can we do about them? The federal government hopes to answer the wildfire question with a three-year strategy session that’s wrapping up this month. But there’s no guarantee the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy will save an acre of forest. In fact, it might force the nation to decide how much it’s willing to let burn. “We’ve never done this before, and we’re still trying to work out the details,” former forest supervisor Alan Quan said from his home in Prescott, Ariz.

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Aerial logging: Idaho-based company uses helicopter to move logs on project

Ravalli Republic
December 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DARBY – Off and on for the last few weeks, the whirl of helicopter blades has been a common sound for the residents of Darby. An Idaho-based helicopter logging company has used the Logger Days grounds as its base station as it finishes hauling out the last logs from the Bitterroot National Forest’s Trapper-Bunkhouse fuel reduction project just west of town. “The work is about completed now,” said Jerry Krueger, the forest’s planning officer.

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No reason to give logging more red tape

The Daily News Online
December 9, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Several U.S. Supreme Court justices were miffed last week when the federal Environmental Protection Agency backed off on more stringent regulation of runoff from logging roads just as the issue came before the high court. However, logging companies and related industries have reason to be pleased, at least for the time being. The EPA’s action will keep regulation of muddy water from logging roads as it is, which is preferred by the logging industry.

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Project clones ancient redwoods

Associated Press
December 8, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT ORFORD, Ore. – A Michigan nurseryman and his team of tree climbers and horticulturists have cloned the world’s biggest redwoods and giant sequoias, bringing some of them back from stumps cut more than 100 years ago. …David Milarch, co-founder of the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive and the Champion Tree Project, hopes the small plantation south of Port Orford will give the ancient giants a leg up on moving north to cooler climes as the climate changes and be the start of a campaign to plant some of the world’s fastest-growing trees all around the globe.

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Officials releasing predatory beetles at Martha Sundquist State Forest to control hemlock pest

Associated Press
December 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NEWPORT, Tennessee — The state Agriculture Department’s Forestry Division has released predatory beetles at the Martha Sundquist State Forest in Cocke County. The beetles feed on hemlock woolly adelgids (ah-DEL’-jids), an invasive pest killing hemlock trees from Maine to Georgia. Forestry officials hope the predatory beetles will control the adelgids that already have killed many of the mature hemlocks at Martha Sundquist.

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American ash trees could protect British woodlands

December 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The green ash and white ash – species from America that are different from the European ash trees found in Britain – appear to be resistant to the Chalara fraxinea fungus which is now threatening more than 80 million trees in this country, research has found. Scientists believe that it may be possible to create a new type of European ash tree that is resilient to the infection by breeding them with their resistant American counterparts and other species from Asia.

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Upper house to face forest lobby frenzy

ABC News, Australia
December 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Both sides of Tasmania’s forestry debate will descend on Parliament House in Hobart today for last minute lobbying of the state’s Legislative Council. It is the final chance for stakeholders to put their case to MLCs before they start debating the peace deal bill tomorrow. Dorset Mayor Barry Jarvis will be representing 12 regional councils who are against the agreement. Mr Jarvis says the deal’s economic impact on regional communities will be devastating.

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The decline and fall of the forest’s grand old masters

Brisbane Times
December 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

RESEARCHERS have put the globe’s big old trees on a par with animals such as whales, lions and tigers that have low populations and are vulnerable to decline. Following a stocktake of the world’s large old trees, Australian and American researchers have found that such trees – the largest living organisms on the planet – are declining at all latitudes. ”Just as large-bodied animals such as elephants, tigers and cetaceans [such as whales] have declined drastically in many parts of the world, a growing body of evidence suggests that large old trees could be equally imperilled,” the authors conclude.

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American ash trees could protect British woodlands

December 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The green ash and white ash – species from America that are different from the European ash trees found in Britain – appear to be resistant to the Chalara fraxinea fungus which is now threatening more than 80 million trees in this country, research has found. Scientists believe that it may be possible to create a new type of European ash tree that is resilient to the infection by breeding them with their resistant American counterparts and other species from Asia.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Bioenergy is one thing we should be able to agree on for remote communities

Globe and Mail
December 7, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

After last year’s fuel and housing crisis in the Northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat and this year’s barely averted disaster in neighbouring Kashechewan, the only thing people seem able to agree on is that such dire circumstances shouldn’t exist in a country as rich and prosperous as Canada. The two first nation communities, located near James Bay, have taken turns awakening the country to the cold fact that many of Canada’s remote communities face major challenges when it comes to simply staying warm.

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Health findings on proposed Cabin Creek biomass facility are positive

Sierra Sun
December 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The proposed two-megawatt Cabin Creek Biomass Energy Facility will “likely” benefit community health in Lake Tahoe, according to findings from a Health Impact Assessment released Monday. Air quality improvement, a reduced risk of wildfires and diversification of energy sources are some of the findings in the assessment, which evaluated both positive and negative health impacts should the biomass facility be constructed and operational.

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Deal announces $95 million biomass power plant for Laurens County

The Telegraph
December 6, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

A new biomass power plant announced Thursday is expected to bring hundreds of related jobs and a direct $95 million investment. A statement from the office of Gov. Nathan Deal said the plant itself will bring 35 permanent jobs to Laurens County. The new biomass power plant, which will be built at an existing paper mill, will provide steam to the mill and also generate 56 megawatts of electricity for the electrical grid, according to the statement.

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General

Student wants to bring forest back to Flin Flon

Star Phoenix
December 10, 2012
Category: Uncategorised
Region: Canada, Canada West

Decades after fire and tree-cutting devastated the forest in Flin Flon, Man., researchers are trying to solve the mystery of why the forest has not grown back. “Natural revegetation has been slow, so we want to help speed it up and encourage growth of natural boreal forest species,” said Jordan Hamilton, a University of Saskatchewan soil science master’s student. Using the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, Hamilton worked on a key piece of the puzzle by analyzing metals found in the soil. He focused on zinc, the metal most responsible for plant toxicity in the area.

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North American lumber prices forecast to soar in 2013 and reach record highs in 2014

December 10, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

With the return of a demand-driven wood products market in 2012 – due to rapidly increasing housing starts in the U.S. – it is now forecast that lumber and panel prices will move to new highs in 2013 and record highs for lumber in 2014. A North American “super-cycle” has been predicted by WOOD MARKETS since 2008 as a result of emerging supply-side constraints (mainly on forests and logs) as well as changing demand dynamics, but the global financial crisis that started in late 2008 and an unusually slow U.S. housing market recovery have delayed this event until 2012.

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