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Business & Politics

Cascades Inc. announces extension of its Small Shareholder Selling Program

Canada Newswire press release
December 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

KINGSEY FALLS, QC, – Cascades Inc. , today announced the extension of its Small Shareholder Program (“the Program”) to February 15, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Toronto time (EST). The voluntary Program, originally scheduled to expire on December 17, 2012, enables eligible registered and beneficial shareholders who owned 99 or fewer Common Shares (“Shares”) of Cascades Inc. as of September 17, 2012, to sell their Shares without incurring any brokerage commission.

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‘Huge emotions, devastation’ at Domtar

Union leader says it will be months before layoffs are sorted out
Kamloops Daily News
December 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Workers arriving for their shifts at the Domtar pulp mill continue be given layoff notices, which take effect in March. Those notices aren’t final, however, as seniority and bumping processes still have to follow, said Communications, Energy and Paperworkers local 10b president Murray Matheson. “They’ve been handing out notices when people come in for their shifts. We’ve explained to them to work safely and talk to each other. It’s a tough thing to come in and be told you’re laid off and then have to work and stay safe and all those things. Obviously morale is going to suffer for a while here,” he said Friday.

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Northwood Pulpmill Has Deal with BC Hydro

250 News
December 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Canfor Pulp is pumping $26 million dollars into it’s Northwood pulp mill in order to bring the mill closer to energy self sufficiency, and to provide BC Hydro with 97 gigawatt hours of electricity each year. That’s enough electricity to power up nearly 9,000 homes in Prince George. The project will see two turbo generators upgraded in the fall of next year, and President of Canfor Pulp, Brett Robinson hopes to have the power on the grid by Christmas of 2013. “That’s because that’s when hydro needs the power, that’s when all of us start cooking turkeys and turn all the lights on and there’s this big sucking sound on the grid. So we want to be part of that solution.”

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Bowater site cleanup to cost $8.75m

Chronicle Herald
December 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government ignored advice to do soil and groundwater testing before buying the former Bowater Mersey paper mill and assuming all liability for future cleanup costs. Comprehensive testing was the first recommendation in a 200-plus page report by Amec, an international consulting firm that has offices in Canada. Instead, the government is relying on an in-house cleanup cost estimate of $8.75 million provided by the chief operating officer of Nova Scotia Lands Inc., a Crown corporation.

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Overwhelming support for buying Bowater lands

Queens County Advance
December 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Last Tuesday, households in Queens and Lunenburg Counties, plus parts of the Valley, were contacted by the NDP government on a random basis and invited to sit in on a town hall meeting conference call to discuss the future of the lands once owned by Bowater Mersey. It was a fascinating exercise in grass roots democracy, made possible by new technology and used during the recent US presidential election. More than a thousand people took part, along with local members of the Legislative Assembly.

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Forest futurists: Bowater to Biowater

Chronicle Herald
December 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

IT WAS an intense walk in the Bowater woods for Nova Scotians last week. Two days after the provincial government announced it had acquired the shuttered papermaker’s 550,000 acres of forest and Brooklyn mill site for a net cost of $111.4 million, Premier Darrell Dexter was in Queens County on Wednesday to unveil a $1-million investment. The aim is to relaunch the former mill as a centre for development of clean biofuels and other high-value “sunrise” forest products. In between, Mr. Dexter kicked off a Forest of the Future conference in Halifax to examine forestry innovations that could make sense for Nova Scotia.

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BRIGHTON: N.S. should have cleaned up mill site

Chronicle Herald
December 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The provincial government has sold its environmental record down the Mersey. By refusing to clean up the contaminated site of the newly acquired, but practically empty, paper mill near the banks of the Mersey River, it has snubbed its nose at its own new regulations for cleaning up contaminated industrial sites, which take effect next July. Government hopes to delay or avoid spending about $9 million to remediate the site to its own environmental standards.

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LETHBRIDGE: Bowater deal: NDP government wins big on spin

Chronicle Herald
December 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

You know the spin machine is going full tilt when the emails from the premier’s PR staff start pinging on your cellphone. The deal on the province’s Bowater land purchase was already announced and the news releases and backgrounders were already available on the government website. … The rest of it, you don’t emphasize. Maybe it’ll go away. In the run-up to an election, it’s all about the spin. I’d say the NDP spin machine has done a pretty good job on this one.

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Analyst questions N.S., Emera biomass plant deal

Chronicle Herald
December 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province and Emera Inc. may be paying too much for a co-generation biomass plant in Queens County, a Vancouver-based forestry products expert says. Paul Quinn said Friday he was surprised to see that Brooklyn Power Corp. is valued at $25 million. “On the surface, it looks like a very expensive deal,” Quinn, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, said in an interview. Nova Scotia Power’s parent company will buy the biomass plant as part of the province’s deal to acquire the assets of the Bowater Mersey paper mill near Liverpool.

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US softwood lumber prices at a record level at the end of 2012

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
December 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The Framing Lumber Composite Price published by the US news service Random Lengths rose at the beginning of December to a figure of $362/1,000 bdft, falling only $5 short of the last record level reached on 30 April 2010. Positive sales stimuli arose mainly as a result of brisk business activity in exports to China. Domestic merchants’ stock-replenishment purchases were also stoking the upward trend in US softwood lumber prices at the beginning of December.

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Paper maker NewPage set to emerge from bankruptcy reorganization

Columbus Business First
December 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Miami Township-based paper manufacturer NewPage Corp. will emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Dayton Business Journal reports. NewPage CEO George Martin in a news release said the company could be out of bankruptcy as soon as the end of this year, after a court approved its plan.

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Economy beginning to pick up speed in Bitterroot Valley

The Missoulian
December 16, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON — The Bitterroot Valley’s economy looks to be on the upswing, but most aren’t expecting progress to come in leaps and bounds in 2013. …With national trends indicating an uptick in new home construction and strengthening real estate markets in a number of regions, Previte said Bitterroot home builders are feeling encouraged. …The valley’s log home industry continues to face challenges, but there are some rays of hope on the horizon. Rocky Mountain Log Homes senior vice president Mark Moreland said that company has been helped through the recent downturn by business overseas.

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Stimson site showing signs of life with new tenants, interest

The Missoulian
December 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Britt Fred moved his Northwest Paint Inc. and Northwest Factory Finishes businesses to the old Stimson mill site almost three years ago. The contract painting and building material prefinishing companies were ready to expand and there was room to stretch on the mostly vacant 200-acre property. “It was interesting when we moved out here there was zero activity. There was someone taking care of ground for (Stimson Lumber Co.)” but not much else, Fred said.

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Pleasant River Lumber buys Sanford sawmill

Good news for workers, loggers
Biddeford Journal Tribune
December 15, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

SANFORD — A family-owned lumber company based in Piscataquis County has purchased the New England Building Materials sawmill on New Dam Road. NEBM filed for bankruptcy in February. Pleasant River Lumber, headquartered in Dover-Foxcroft, closed on the sale Nov. 30 and took over operations Dec. 3, said Jason Brochu, vice president of Pleasant River Lumber. He estimated about 45 people are employed at the mill.

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Lumber firm’s future uncertain

Hawke’s Bay Today
December 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The future of Wairoa milling company Clyde Lumber seems still uncertain a week after its last train of sawn timber left town amid the mothballing of the Napier-Gisborne railway line. Sources in the town say the plant closed last week for a Christmas break and staff were told the position would be reassessed early in the new year. Company owner and Tauranga businessman John Ebbett was unable to be contacted yesterday by Hawke’s Bay Today.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Ikea to go ‘forest positive’ – but serious challenges lie ahead

The world’s largest furniture retailer is embroiled in a row with environmental groups over its activities in north-west Russia
The Guardian
December 14, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

…Not content with becoming one of our most ubiquitous brands, the company has announced its intention to become one of the world’s most sustainable businesses as well. …Now, the company says it is going step further. It will become “forest positive” by 2020, meaning that, despite its continuing high demand for timber, it intends its business to have an overall positive effect on the world’s forests. Integral to this approach is the commitment that it will be growing at least as many trees as it uses to make products by 2020.

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Forestry

170 legal victories empower First Nations in fight over resource development

National Post
December 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The wakeup call: Corporate interests need to accept what the courts already have — that First Nations now hold the balance of power in deciding the fate of Canada’s resource projects because they have rights that others don’t Canada is orchestrating a big push to accelerate development of its natural resources, but behind the hype there is a shifting and tense legal landscape. First Nations are on a big winning streak in the courts that has empowered them to have a say on projects in big parts of the country.

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Christmas tree shopping 101 (video)

Global TV News
December 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West
With so many different kinds available, choosing a Christmas tree can be
a complicated process. Linda Aylesworth went to work to try to make the
process a little easier for you. Video features Dr. Stephan Mitchell of the UBC Faculty of Forestry. 

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Pine Beetles still a problem in Saskatchewan

CTV News
December 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Even though it’s the middle of winter, pine beetles are still causing headaches in Saskatchewan. The beetles are continuing to come to Saskatchewan from Alberta, with many in the south west region. the provincial forestry centre in Prince Albert is working with the ministry of enviroment to combat the problem before even more pine trees are destroyed by the pests. An expert with the forestry centre says the problem stems from the lack of extremely cold temperatures so far this winter. END

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Dr. Kathy Lewis Awarded Queen’s Medal

250 News
December 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – She is one of the founding professors at UNBC and a key researcher on forestry and her work has earned her a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. UNBC President, George Iwama, made the presentation to Professor Kathy Lewis saying Dr. Lewis ” has excelled at teaching, research, and service both to UNBC, and to the Province of BC. She is an exceedingly well-regarded and talented academic, who has excelled in the classroom and had a significant impact of the teaching of her subject across Canada, and her research has been acknowledged as critical for BC’s economic well-being in the forest sector.”

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Chinese seek stake in BC forestry company as FIPA decision looms

The Vancouver Observer
December 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

otential impacts of a $100 million dollar deal between China Investment Corporation (CIC) and Brookfield Asset Management Inc, the majority shareholder in Island Timberlands (IT), have made headlines internationally and alarmed activists in British Columbia. The story was first reported in early November by the Wall Street Journal. …If FIPA is ratified by the federal government, he cautioned, the trade agreement will protect Chinese investors, and allow them to sue for the potential lost profits as a result of new environmental laws, such as a tax for exporting raw logs to Chinese or American mills.

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If You Cut Down a Tree in the Forest, Can Wildlife Hear It?

Science Daily
December 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

A new tool developed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its partners is being used by scientists and land managers to model how noise travels through landscapes and affects species and ecosystems — a major factor in land and wildlife management decisions such as where to locate new roads or recreational trails. The tool, SPreAD-GIS, uses spatial data layers to predict how sound spreads from a source through the surrounding landscape and how it is affected by such factors as vegetation, terrain, weather conditions, and background sound levels.

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Appeals filed on Giant Sequoia National Monument management plan

Porterville Recorder
December 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ten parties, including Sierra Forest Products and the Sierra Club, have filed appeals of the decision by the U.S. Forest Service regarding its selection of a management plan for the Giant Sequoia National Monument.  …The appeals, ranging from two to 80 pages, were filed by Snowlands Network, California Forestry Association, American Forest Resource Council/Sierra Forest Products, Sierra Club, Sequoia Forest Keepers, Western Watersheds Project, State of California Attorney General’s Office, The John Muir Project, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Bud Hoekstra, an individual.

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Forester marks 30 years of park service

KPAX-TV
December 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA – Forester Edward G. Heilman, who has nearly 30 years of service under his belt, was given the 2012 Park Steward Award on Thursday. The Missoula County Parks and Trails Advisory Board, along with the Missoula County commissioners presented Heilman with the award for his extensive work. He’s offered a first hand perspective to the board dating back to 1984, and his contributions include heading several master plans in the county and adding trees to many parks.

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Sierra National Forest Receives Two Regional Forester’s Honor Awards

Sierra Sun Times
December 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Clovis, CA – The Sierra National Forest received two 2012 Regional Forester’s Awards on November 28th for its outstanding contributions to reduce the Forest Service’s environmental footprint in the Northern Region. Teri Drivas, Sierra National Forest Recreation Officer, received the Excellence in Leadership award for her dedication, commitment and exemplary leadership on the forest and the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew received the Partnership of the Year award in recognition for their support and partnership with the Sierra National Forest.

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Critics vocalize opposition to possible Wyoming-Idaho forest merger

Casper Star-Tribune Online
December 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A proposal to save $1 million a year by combining the neighboring Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee national forests is receiving vocal opposition. The possible merger could eliminate one supervisor and forest headquarters, potentially saving operation costs. …Opponents say it would create a massive and difficult-to-manage forest. “My initial reaction is that trying to administer a combined forest across state lines is a bad idea,”

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Forest thinning approved near Hebgen Lake

Billings Gazette
December 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The thinning of about 2,575 acres of forest near Hebgen Lake, about 12 miles west of West Yellowstone, has been approved by the Gallatin National Forest’s supervisor. Also included in the Lonesome Wood 2 project is 325 acres of slashing followed by prescribed burning, the construction of about 5 to 6 miles of temporary road construction and reclamation, along with revegetation. The work is designed to increase firefighter and public safety and reduce wildland fire risks to private property and forest lands in the wildland urban interface, including evacuation routes, the agency said in a press release.

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Prison time for Olympic National Forest timber thief

Brinnon man cut old-growth from Olympic National Forest
Kitsap Sun
December 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

TACOMA — Reid Johnston, 41, a Brinnon resident who pleaded guilty to cutting down old-growth trees in Olympic National Forest, was sentenced Friday to one year in prison followed by two years of supervised release. Johnston was charged with the theft of government property, specifically about 100 fir, cedar and maple trees valued at more than $70,000. One tree was estimated to be more than 300 years old. At his sentencing in Tacoma, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan called it a “very serious offense.”

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Conservationists team up with ranchers, loggers

Associated Press
December 15, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Across the nation, conservation groups in partnership with ranchers are using cattle to restore native plant species by grazing invasive grasses. Other groups are working with fishermen to fish sustainably, and using logging and mining profits to pave way for forest and salmon restoration. “There’s been a shift to working more with industries,” said Lynn Huntsinger, professor of rangeland ecology at the University of California, Berkeley. “This is a human landscape. We need food, we need wood, people are crazy about eating salmon. Working closely with those who produce on the land offers opportunities for … teaching them about conservation.”

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N.D. state forester Larry Kotchman honored

Bismarck Tribune
December 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BOTTINEAU, N.D.— A North Dakota state forester has been honored with a national lifetime achievement award. The National Association of State Foresters recognized Larry Kotchman recently for more than 40 years in forestry as an advocate for state and federal forestry programs and policies. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented at the organization’s annual meeting in Cheyenne, Wyo.

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Our Turpentine Times: Raymon Melvin is a living link to a booming business of Destin’s days gone by

The Destin Log
December 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Fourth generation Panhandle resident Raymon Melvin has a collection that very few people will recognize today — turpentine equipment. Melvin, of Long Leaf Pine Industry of Northwest Florida, is a Holley resident. He said he has been collecting the unique turpentine industry equipment for more than 40 years because both sides of his family — all the way up until his father, were in the turpentine business here in Northwest Florida.

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State money for forestry workers still on the table

Tasmania Examiner
December 14, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The state government’s $40 million funding offer to support forestry workers remains on the table, despite the Legislative Council refusing to pass critical legislation this year. It is unclear what will happen to the extra $62.5 million pledged by the federal government on the condition that laws to enact the forestry peace agreement were in place this year. The extra money, announced earlier this week, took the total potential cost of the Tasmanian Forest Agreement to $379 million.

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Brown lashes MLCs over forestry peace ‘sideshow’

ABC News, Australia
December 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The former Australian Greens leader wants Tasmania’s Upper House to go to an election over its decision to send forest peace deal legislation to a parliamentary committee. Last week, the Upper House voted to delay the forest peace deal legislation until at least next March. MLCs are likely to meet this week to establish the terms of reference for their inquiry Bob Brown has labelled the Legislative Council’s move a sideshow and a laughing stock.

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China launches African agriculture, forestry research center

xinhuanet.com
December 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

China’s first research institution on African agriculture and forestry was launched in east China’s Zhejiang Province on Sunday. The Center for China-Africa Agriculture and Forestry Research, was established by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) and Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University (ZAFU). The center will focus on China-Africa investment and trade policies on agriculture and forestry, the management of bamboo resources, climate change strategies and technologies as well as food safety issues, said Zhou Guomo, the university president.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biofuel company, Emera setting up shop on mill site

Atlantic Farm Focus
December 13, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Bowater mill site (in Brooklyn, Queen’s County, Nova Scotia) will soon see activity again, as two businesses take up tenancy. Cellufuel will be doing research and development, with plans to create a diesel biofuel demonstration plant with construction starting next Spring. The company hopes to produce around 1 million litres of biofuel through this process, employing five to 10 people.

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PSNH biomass plant burns millions of tons of wood chips

Union Leader
December 15, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

NEWINGTON – The pungent aroma of fresh wood chips permeates the wood yard at Public Service of New Hampshire’s Schiller Station. Three by three, trucks drive up to the long lifts, lock in their tractor-trailers and send them into the air at almost unimaginable angles to dump their 30-ton loads of chips into the holds. They have come from southern New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts to deliver fuel to the plant. For the past six years, Schiller Station has been burning a half-million ton of wood chips each year at its biomass plant in Newington, reaching 3 million tons received and burned earlier this fall.

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General

Jury decides for logging firm in 2009 Lewis County mudslide suit

Seattle Times
December 15, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Multinational logging company Menasha was not negligent in its logging practices, and therefore should not be held financially accountable for the 2009 landslide that damaged more than a dozen Glenoma properties, a Lewis County Superior Court jury has ruled. Their decision, returned Friday, followed a six-week trial in which 23 residents of Glenoma sought approximately $5.7 million in damages. During the trial, the Glenoma plaintiffs asserted that a “steep and unstable slope” was created by Menasha when the company logged 116 acres of timber directly above their residences.

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