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Daily Archives: December 13, 2012

Business & Politics

EACOM Timber Corporation Board approves USNR to rebuild Timmins Mill and announces completion of Elk Lake upgrades

Canada Newswire press release
December 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTRÉAL and VANCOUVER, Timber Corporation is pleased to announce that the Board has approved entering into an agreement with USNRKockums Cancar Inc. to rebuild the Timmins Mill. The total cost of the project is estimated at $25 million, a substantial portion of which is being funded from proceeds of insurance related to a fire. As reported in January of this year, the mill located in Timmins Ontario was destroyed by fire. To date the Company has received $23,700,000 of insurance proceeds, $13,700,000 related to business interruption and $10,000,000 for damage or destruction of assets.

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B.C. lumber gaining ground in China as American producers stick to home market

Canadian Press
December 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL – British Colombia’s share of Chinese softwood lumber imports is growing as American producers pull back to supply their own improving domestic housing market, an industry analyst said Wednesday. The province exported 5.4 million cubic metres of softwood lumber during the first nine months of 2012, a drop of 1.5 per cent from a year earlier. But overall Chinese lumber imports declined nearly five per cent. “So B.C.’s actually taken some share from other exporters,” Mark Kennedy of CIBC World Markets said in an interview.

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Quesnel River Pulp to receive up to $1 million from FortisBC for reducing energy consumption

Canada Newswire press release
December 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

QUESNEL, BC – Quesnel River Pulp, a division of West Fraser, has made significant commitments to reducing its energy consumption. For those achievements, the mill has received a $250,000 incentive from FortisBC, which could grow to $1 million over the next three years. The pulp mill is the first participant in FortisBC’s Industrial Technology Retrofit Program, which offers monetary incentives to industrial natural gas customers in exchange for energy efficiency improvement projects.

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Former Bowater mill to become forestry innovation centre

CTV News
December 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

BROOKLYN, N.S. — The former Bowater Mersey paper mill in southwestern Nova Scotia will be converted into a research, development and demonstration facility. Premier Darrell Dexter made the announcement today in Brooklyn, where he said his government was teaming up with private utility company Emera (TSX:EMA) and CelluFuel, a renewable energy company, to launch the site.

Former Bowater mill to get new life from the Chronicle Herald

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Cleanup for Grand Falls-Windsor mill still undetermined

CBC News
December 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

It is still unclear when the cleanup at the Grand Falls-Windsor paper mill site will begin. The province lost its case against AbitibiBowater and has been made responsible for the environmental damages. Environment and Conservation Minister Tom Hedderson says the next step is to conduct tests on soil samples and assess the buildings. However, Hedderson said a full remediation may not be necessary if another industrial business is interested in the property.

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Experts: Resolute made smart move to sell forestland to N.S.

Chronicle Herald
December 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Forestry analysts say Resolute Forest Products Inc. played its cards right selling more than 220,000 hectares of timberlands to the provincial government. The Montreal majority owner of the former Bowater Mersey Paper Co. wiped several liabilities from its books in one fell swoop, industry analysts said. “They’ve sidestepped a huge pension liability and an environmental liability,” Kevin Mason, managing director of Equity Research Associates, said in an interview Tuesday. …RBC Capital Markets forestry analyst Paul Quinn said the pension liability was causing Resolute near-term funding issues.

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Bowater plans mostly praised

Chronicle Herald
December 11, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province’s plan to turn the former Bowater Mersey paper mill in Brooklyn into a centre for cleaner energy, bioenergy and forestry innovation was widely applauded Tuesday, but not by everyone. …Matt Miller, the Ecology Action Centre’s forestry program co-ordinator, praised the government’s acquisition of the Bowater lands, but was less than enthusiastic at the proposal for the former mill site. “I’m nervous about that, about what shape that’s going to take,” Miller said. “It’s really not clear at this point and the EAC has long been against large, industrial-scale biomass facilities.

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Nova Scotia mayor concerned over future of sawmill left out of Bowater land deal

Cape Breton Post
December 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

LUNENBURG, N.S. — A mayor on Nova Scotia’s South Shore says he is deeply concerned about the future of a local sawmill. The province announced Monday that it’s taken control of 220,000 hectares of woodlands, along with Brooklyn Power and the former Bowater mill factory site. But the province didn’t purchase the Oakhill sawmill in Lunenburg County because of the softwood lumber agreement.

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MacLean wants pension action

Chronicle Herald
December 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Billy Joe MacLean wants the profits from Crown land leases in northern Nova Scotia to go toward topping up the unfunded liability in the pension plans of retired Point Tupper pulp and paper mill workers. But the Port Hawkesbury mayor is not going to get his way. “It is not the provincial government’s role to insure private pension plans,” Premier Darrell Dexter said in an emailed response Wednesday. “

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Lumber Grading: Same in China and the US

Woodworking Network
December 12, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, International

I was pleased to read Rick Hill’s recent comments regarding the hardwood lumber Grading Rules developed and maintained by the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA). It was an especially refreshing “rookie” viewpoint. Without a true understanding of the purpose of the Rules, an inexperienced person would be confused as to what is needed in the way of material for manufacturing products on a mass scale.

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Georgia-Pacific Announces Agreement To Acquire Temple-Inland Building Products Assets

PR Newswire
December 13, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

ATLANTA, — /PRNewswire/ — Georgia-Pacific today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of the Temple-Inland Building Products business from International Paper Co. The purchase price is $750 million and the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. The acquisition is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2013. “This acquisition is a long-term investment that will create value for
our customers and our company,” said Jim Hannan, Georgia-Pacific chief
executive officer and president.

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/12/13/4482919/georgia-pacific-announces-agreement.html#storylink=cpy

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Celebrating Leading-edge Wood Design in North America

2012 Wood Design Award Winners Announced
Canadian Wood Council
December 11, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

?Ottawa, ON, – The Wood Design & Building magazine is pleased to announce the award recipients for the prestigious 2012 North American Awards Program. Last week, 10 projects were hand selected from over 100 entries by an esteemed architectural jury consisting of: Brian MacKay Lyons from MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Mary Griffin from Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects and Allen Washatko from The Kubala Washatko Architects. The Canadian Wood Council also awarded two special projects.

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Forestry

Valemount community forest gets good audit

BC Forest Practices Board
December 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Forest practices in the Valemount community forest complied with provincial forestry legislation, according to a Forest Practices Board audit report released today. “We are pleased to see that the community forest is following the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act,” said board chair Al Gorley. The community forest is managed by the Valemount Community Forest Company Ltd. and it surrounds the Village of Valemount, in the Robson Valley, about 300 kilometres southeast of Prince George.

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Deadline looms for forest fans

Locals said the Township should preserve a forest, although it can’t raise the $3 million price
Langley AdvanceNews
December 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

There was simply no way to raise $3 million in two and a half months, Glen Valley conservationists told Langley Township council Monday. Members of Watchers of Langley Forests (WOLF) asked the council to preserve 25 acres of land in Glen Valley at 260th Street and 84th Avenue, regardless of the group’s inability to purchase the six lots. “Please cancel the sale of these properties and pursue other options to preserve them,” said Scott Perry, the chair of WOLF.

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SF Forest Puts Off Prescribed Burn

Associated Press
December 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TRUCHAS — Officials with the Santa Fe National Forest say they are postponing a prescribed fire south of Truchas at least until Thursday. Parts of northern New Mexico were blanketed with snow Sunday after a storm moved over the northeastern corner of the state. That was followed by windy conditions and two days of bitter cold. Forest officials say the burn had initially been scheduled to start Tuesday. The goal is to clear out hazardous fuels from 110 acres over a four-day period.

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Hemlock trees show sawfly infestation damage

KRBD
December 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Boaters may have noticed gray, dead-looking trees on islands north of Ketchikan. Like other parts of Southeast Alaska in recent years, Western hemlock trees on those islands are suffering a sawfly infestation. But U.S. Forest Service officials say it’s normal, and not a cause for concern. A team of scientists from the Forest Service visited Hump, Joe and Grant Islands this fall, responding to reports of dead hemlock trees. It turns out the trees just look dead.

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State looks to buy 50K acres of forest land

Yakima Herald-Republic
December 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

YAKIMA, Wash. — Officials say there’s been significant progress on a key component of an ambitious Yakima Basin water plan: the acquisition by the state of a nearly 50,000-acre tract of privately owned timberland in the Teanaway River Drainage, east of Cle Elum. Talks about the acquisition, which would protect the land from development, have progressed to a point where land appraisals are being prepared. Parties to the discussion include state agencies, a conservation group and the landowner, American Forest Land Co.

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Tom Imeson will head forestry board

Governor wants new approach in state forests
Portland Tribune
December 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Tom Imeson, a Port of Portland official who played a pivotal behind-the-scenes role for former Oregon governors and U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield, will become the new chairman of the Oregon Board of Forestry. Gov. John Kitzhaber appointed Imeson and logger Michael Rose to fill two slots coming open on the board, as Chairman John Blackwell and Steve Wilson move on. Kitzhaber wants the volunteer board to help chart a new direction for management of state-owned forests, including the Tillamook and Clatsop forests in the northwest part of the state.

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Support aired for ‘sustainable’ logging

ABC News, Australia
December 12, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Pyrenees Shire Mayor, Michael O’Connor, says there is strong community support for restarting limited logging in the Mount Cole and Pyrenees Ranges state forest. The Victorian Government says the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has worked with the local community to develop a sustainable logging plan, after logging ceased in 2004.

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Upper House tensions over forest peace deadlock

ABC News, Australia
December 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Emotions are running high in Tasmania’s Legislative Council which is debating whether to send forest peace deal legislation to a parliamentary committee. Such a move would delay the implementation of the peace deal and potentially block $200 million in federal funding. Nelson MLC Jim Wilkinson uncharacteristically struck out at those arguing such a move will kill off the peace agreement and the already ailing native timber industry with it.

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Tasmanian forestry war drags on

The AAP
December 13, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

AN end to Tasmania’s decades-long forestry conflict is in doubt again after the state’s upper house sent legislation that backs a peace deal to a parliamentary committee. A last gasp historic deal was struck between environmentalists and the timber industry late last month in an attempt to end the 30-year forestry war. …The delay caused by referring the legislation to a select committee, which could take until March to complete its deliberations, could sound the death knell for the controversial agreement.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Pellet plant gets green light from N.W.T. government

Manufacturing plant would be built in Enterprise, N.W.T.
CBC News
December 11, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Northwest Territories is a step closer to getting its first wood pellet manufacturing plant. A company just got the green light from the territorial government to build a facility in the town of Enterprise, N.W.T. Businesses and governments are looking to biomass as a cheaper, cleaner alternative to expensive diesel power. Brad Mapes, the president of Aurora Wood Pellets, said producing pellets in the North will make pellets even cheaper.

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VTT wins European innovation prize for a new bio-oil production technique

Pulp and Paper News
December 13, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland along with the energy company Fortum, engineering company Metso and forestry company UPM has developed a technique that enables the cogeneration of heating energy and bio-oil in the same power plant cost-effectively and sustainably. VTT’s technique is based on combining pyrolysis and fluidised bed technology. Thanks to the new technique, bio-oil production volumes can be expected to increase considerably in the next few decades.

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