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Daily Archives: December 11, 2012

Business & Politics

Tembec issues 2011 Sustainability Report

Canada Newswire press release
December 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – Tembec today released its 2011 Sustainability Report, a detailed update that centers on the Company’s sustainable stewardship of resources. “We are proud of our sustainability achievements and will continue to maintain responsible business practices that are harmonized with social and environmental considerations,” said James Lopez, Tembec’s President and CEO. “Tembec depends on renewable resources, and we know forward-thinking stewardship of those resources will ensure a sound future for all concerned.”

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Forest industry welcomes immigration changes aimed at skilled workers

Canada Newswire press release
December 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, – The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased about today’s announcement by the Minister of Citizen, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, concerning a new Federal Skilled Trades Program to help address labour shortages in skilled trades. The forest products sector in Canada has been struggling to find skilled workers including millwrights, engineers, pipe fitters, truck drivers, heavy equipment operators, technologists and more.

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Judge okays Sino-Forest restructuring

Globe and Mail
December 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

An Ontario judge has approved a deal that will see the remaining assets of scandal-plagued Sino-Forest Corp. transfered to its debt-holders, while dismissing objections from a group of investment funds. Mr. Justice Geoffrey Morawetz of the Ontario Superior Court ruled on Monday that the deal, approved in a vote by Sino-Forest’s noteholders last week, could go ahead.

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TAYLOR: Is there a better way to protect our forests?

Chronicle Herald
December 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Protection of Nova Scotia’s forests is important, but could there have been a better way to do it? Late Monday, the province announced it had acquired the defunct Bowater Mersey Paper Co. mill and forest land attached to that plant, valued at $117.7 million, from Resolute Forest Products for $1. As part of the deal, the province will pick up an $18-million debt repayment, which Bowater owed to its parent Resolute. The province will also cover $100 million to cover pension costs of both union and non-union employees, plus another $18.4 million in other employee costs and liabilities.

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Dexter provides Bowater deal details, defends purchase

Province expects to make $14 million in profit
CBC News
December 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Darrell Dexter provided new details on Tuesday defending the province’s decision to buy the shuttered Bowater-Mersey paper mill in Brooklyn. The price Nova Scotia paid for the plant and land was the lowest in recent years, an official with the Department of Natural Resources said at the “Forestry of the Future” conference. ….According to the asset and liability numbers provided at the lumber
conference Tuesday, the province expects to make a profit of $14
million.

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NS: Nova Scotia urged to buy huge swath of privately owned woodland

Canadian Press
December 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government should buy a massive swath of forested land that once fed the now-defunct Bowater-Mersey paper mill near Liverpool, an expert panel says. The panel, in a final report released Friday, said the 220,000 hectares owned by Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products should become part of a broader plan to revive the region’s economy. “It is clear that the overwhelming preference of the community is for the province to take ownership … of the Bowater-Resolute lands, thereby supporting essential jobs that contribute to the economy,” the report says. “

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Province buys Bowater lands

Deal includes pension provisions for former paper mill workers, Emera go-head to buy power plant
Chronicle Herald
December 10, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Provincial taxpayers are the new owners of more than 220,000 hectares of forest land worth more than $100 million, part of a deal that will fund the pensions of former Bowater Mersey Paper Co. employees and eventually see Emera own Brooklyn Power Corp. Premier Darrell Dexter announced the deal with Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products Monday evening. … After close to six months of negotiations, the province has bought the Bowater Mersey Paper Co. for $1.

Province buys Bowater lands from CBC News
Nova Scotia government to add $117.7 million in debt to purchase mill, forests from Canadian Press

Click here to read the press release from the Government of Nova Scotia
Click here to read the press release from the Resolute Forest Products
Click here to read the press release from the CEP Union of Canada

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Lars Idermark appointed new CEO of Södra

Pulp and Paper News
December 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Södra’s executive committee has named Lars Idermark as the new Group President and CEO. Lars Idermark is currently the CEO of PostNord. “Lars Idermark is a person with outstanding experience of various elements of trade and industry, and he has a good insight into the cooperative form of business. He has many years of experience in senior positions, and he is well equipped to lead Södra,” said Christer Segerstéen, Chairman of the Södra Board.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Drayton Valley firm to produce natural fibre parts for auto industry

Edmonton Journal
December 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West


EDMONTON – A Drayton Valley company will produce components that will take auto parts made of natural fibres from the drawing board to the production line. …“We’ll start with a wood-fibre-synthetic fibre mix but the ultimate objective is to integrate hemp and flax and get rid of the synthetic fibre,” said Tam Tekle, president and CEO of TTS. “We are taking the wood fibre and turning it into a mouldable carpet,” Tekle said. “The car manufacturers’ second-tier suppliers take that and mould it into interior door panelling, luggage racks and interior parts.”

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HRM’s wood-first policy should not be set in stone

Chronicle Herald
December 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Halifax city hall’s proposed wood-first policy is a thinly veiled marketing campaign by the timber industry and a misguided environmental protection measure. This is the wrong approach to greening our cities, roads, workplaces and homes. I applaud the city’s attempt to follow other progressive municipalities in its demonstrated willingness to adopt green building policies. However, let’s not reinvent the wheel or fall prey to self-serving greenwashing marketing campaigns. Architects, engineers, builders and planners are already equipped with the tools to build green buildings customized for our local conditions.

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Guide for Business Drives Better Decisions on Forest Products

Woodworking Network
December 10, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Washington D.C./Geneva — The World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) today released the third edition of Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products to help businesses buy products from sustainably managed forests and improve forest management. The full guide resource kit is available online at www.SustainableForestProducts.org.

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Forestry

Harvest allocation ensures certainty for hunting sector

from Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
December 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – A roadmap for responsible wildlife management was ensured today with the release of the implementation plan for the Harvest Allocation Policy. Over the past year, the government has worked closely with the BC Wildlife Federation, the Guide Outfitters Association of BC and the BC Trappers Association to clarify how the Harvest Allocation Policy will be implemented in 2013. The resulting plan sets allocation guidelines for the next four years in a consistent and transparent manner that is fair to all wildlife user groups.

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Les Leyne: Treaty process makes modest progress

Victoria Times Colonist
December 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The great treaty stall is a known fact of life in B.C. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent over the last 20 years on negotiations that have produced just three treaties.Some bands in his council are well advanced in treaty talks, others aren’t. … It signed a “clearing house” deal in 2007 to streamline consultation on resource development. There are a number of logging operations and a handful of proposed independent power deals in a huge swath of territory that are worth up to $6 billion.

Ten First Nations sign deal to streamline economic development in BC from Canadian Press

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Community Forests Part of Forestry of Future

Government of Nova Scotia
December 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

People in communities around the province can be part of the future of forestry through a new community forests program that meets another commitment in the province’s natural resources strategy. Community-managed forests will be places for commercial forestry, tourism, recreation, habitat protection, environmental education and research. Municipalities, forestry businesses, wood co-operatives, not-for-profit organizations, and other community-based groups can all manage the forests on leased Crown land.

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Releases Final Sacred Sites Report

USDA renews commitment to protection of culturally significant lands and resources
USDA press release
December 6, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, –Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released a report calling for USDA and the U.S. Forest Service to work more closely with tribal governments in the protection, respectful interpretation and appropriate access to Indian sacred sites. The report recommends steps the Forest Service should take to strengthen the partnerships between the agency, tribal governments, and American Indian and Alaska Native communities to help preserve America’s rich native traditions.

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Teton County continues to fight forest merger

Jackson Hole News&Guide
December 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Teton County commissioners are re-doubling their effort to stop a potential merger of the Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee national forests after their Lincoln County counterparts changed course. On Monday, county leaders said they plan to write a new, more “robust” letter to Forest Service officials opposing the proposed merger. They signed another letter last week hoping commissioners from Sublette and Lincoln counties would do the same.

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Domtar helps create new model for responsible forest management with group FSC certification

Lesprom Network
December 10, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Domtar Corporation announced the culmination of a precedent-setting two-year partnership process that saw 55 landowners in the Texarkana area achieve Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) group certification. With the Ashdown Mill’s strong support, the Four States Timberland Owners Association (FSTOA) was successful in receiving FSC Forest Management Certification on 70,000 acres of forestland, as the company said in a press release received by Lesprom Network.

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MLCs not ready for forestry debate

ABC News, Australia
December 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A member of Tasmania’s Legislative Council has conceded MLCs may not vote on the forest peace deal before Christmas. …ndependent MLC Ruth Forrest has told ABC Local Radio there would be no vote until information about funding for the deal has been provided. She says it is possible members will sit between Christmas and the New Year. “There’s been some questions raised by people who’ve spoken to us that we need to actually clarify,” she said.

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Minister in bid to get Tassie deal over line

Sydney Morning Herald
December 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Federal environment programs are to be shaved of more funds in a bid to get Tasmania’s forest peace deal over the line. Environment Minister Tony Burke said most of a $102 million-plus packaged offered on Tuesday would come from existing federal programs, including Caring for Our Country. The aid comes on top of an already committed $276 million.

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Significant fine for illegal milling of native timber

from Ministry For Primary Industries
Scoop.co.nz
December 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Whakatane man has been fined $15,000 plus a further $15,000 in reparation to the Ministry for Primary Industries for milling indigenous timber. The defendant Stuart McKenzie Neilson pleaded guilty to illegally milling approx 17 m3 of rimu and matai, part way through the recent defended hearing in the Whakatane District Court. The court heard that under the Forests Act, indigenous timber can only be produced from forests which are managed in a way that maintains continuous forest cover and ecological balance.

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Govts throw $100m more at Tas forest peace

Yahoo!7 News
December 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The federal and Tasmanian governments will throw at least another $102 million at a forest peace deal if the state’s upper house passes legislation to back it. Members of the Legislative Council (MLCs) are about to begin a crucial debate after an historic deal between environmentalists and the timber industry to end 30 years of conflict was done last month. MLCs have said they want to know exactly how much money is available to fund the restructure of the ailing Tasmanian forestry industry.

Details on extra forest peace deal funding from ABC News, Australia

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All Tassie is saying: give peace a chance

AAP
December 11, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ALL they are saying in Tasmania is give peace a chance. But whether it really is a case of Merry Christmas, the forest war is over, is more likely to be known in 2013. Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of its symbolic beginning with the Franklin River blockade that stopped a dam being built in what is now a World Heritage wilderness. It was in November this year that an unlikely, 11th-hour forests agreement between environmentalists and the timber industry was reached after more than two years of sometimes bitter negotiations.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Disappointing outcome for forests in Doha, but REDD+ can still move forward

Forests Blog, CIFOR
December 11, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

DOHA, Qatar (11 December, 2012)_While the U.N. climate talks in Doha saw no decision on verifying carbon emissions from deforestation, forests look set to be an integral part of the next international treaty on climate change in 2020, experts said. “Overall, it has been a disappointing set of outcomes for forests, in particular because there has been no decision on measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of emissions reductions. This is the final element required for REDD+ demonstration activities to get underway in earnest,” said Louis Verchot, Director of Forest and Environment research at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

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General

Firefighting tankers spread thin

Aging fleet under increased demand as climate change extends fire season
The Durango Herald
December 10, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Forest Service is in desperate need of additional firefighting air tankers, and future climate change could stretch already depleted resources. …The fleet has diminished after crashes and reductions from aircraft that could not meet safety standards. Much of the aging fleet is made up of planes such as P2V-7s, aluminum bombers from World War II, one of which crashed in June in Utah. Bloomberg Businessweek reported that from June to July alone this year, three planes crashed, leaving six dead.

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