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Daily Archives: December 18, 2012

Business & Politics

Canfor Corp. to spend $40 million to upgrade Elko sawmill in B.C.

Canadian Press
December 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Canfor Corp. said Monday it will go ahead with a $40-million upgrade of its Elko sawmill in British Columbia. The investment will include upgrades to the sawmill, increased kiln drying capacity and construction of a planer mill complex. The company said work will start in the first quarter of next year and is expected to be complete in the third quarter. Canfor bought the Elko sawmill and another in Canal Flats in a $60-million deal for Quebec-based forestry company Tembec’s assets in B.C.’s Southern Interior.

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One-industry towns taking hard hits

Canadian Press
December 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HANTSPORT — Glenn Rogers appreciated his small-town life in the Maritimes. But the lure of big dollars in Alberta was too strong to resist after his employer of 18 years shut down. “I didn’t really look outside the mill until I was given no choice,” says Rogers, who worked as an instrument technician at the Minas Basin Pulp and Power paper mill until Friday, when it closed. …About 40 of them were offered jobs at CKF Inc., a local paper and foam plate maker and the mill’s sister company. Rogers, 41, is now working at the Kearl Lake oilsands project in northern Alberta earning between $60 and $70 per hour — double the wages of what he was offered in Nova Scotia.

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Energy rate program extension welcomed news for Resolute

TB Newswatch
December 14, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

THUNDER BAY – Roger Barber says the Northern Industrial Energy Rate program has redefined Resolute Forest Products’ business outlook in Northwestern Ontario. The company’s general manager of forestry and fibre resources on Friday applauded the province’s decision to extend the $360-million incentive for another three years, saying without it a lot of improvements and expansions Resolute has made in the area may not have been approved.

Click here to read the press release from the Government of Ontario
Click here to read the press release from Tembec

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Timber jobs gone after Gunns sale

ABC News, Australia
December 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The jobs of 19 timber workers have gone in the south-east of South Australia. The Kalangadoo timber processing plant has closed less than two months after South East Pine bought it from Gunns. Union official Brad Coates said an assistance package was being made available for the affected workers. He remained hopeful a buyer would be found for the plant.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood centre requirement altered

by Jonathon Fowlie – Bidders concerned about need to construct second building
Vancouver Sun
December 15, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government on Friday pulled a significant and controversial requirement from the bidding process for a planned Wood Innovation Centre in downtown Prince George. . …Over more than a year, government has narrowed the bidding process to three possible candidates, and had planned to select the final proponent in early January. But it had to suspend the bidding process recently and conduct an internal review after the remaining bidders complained about a significant requirement in the bid.

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Forestry

U.S. fir glut hurting Christmas tree sales in N.B.

Parking lot tree vendors still enjoying good season
CBC News
December 16, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Christmas is still a little over a week away, but for the region’s Christmas tree growers and sellers the season is almost over. While wholesalers are seeing cross-border sales drop, parking lot vendors say they’re having a good year. Some Christmas tree growers are being forced to drastically cut their shipments to the United States because of cost pressures brought on by a strong Canadian dollar and the increasing popularity of a U.S.-grown tree. …He said the high Canadian dollar and a glut of Fraser firs means his main business exporting trees to New England is slowing down.

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New online tool estimates carbon and energy impact of trees

USDA Forest Service
December 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DAVIS, Calif.—A tree is more than just a landscape design feature. Planting trees on your property can lower energy costs and increase carbon storage, reducing your carbon footprint. A new online tool developed by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, and EcoLayers can help residential property owners estimate these tangible benefits.

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Thinning margins: Government agencies, loggers carefully weigh projects’ viability

The Missoulian
December 17, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DARBY – There’s not a lot of money to be made in the woods these days. With log prices hovering at about half of what they were six years ago, those left in Montana’s logging business are forced to keep their pencils sharp to ensure the sales they bid on today will turn a profit. “Everyone right now is in survival mode,” said Montana Wood Products President Scott Kuehn. “They are just trying to keep their heads above the water. All people are doing right now is paying their bills and their help. If they’re fortunate, they might have a little bit to put in the bank.”

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MLCs urged to get on with forestry probe

ABC News, Australia
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Legislative Councillors are being urged to cut short their holidays to scrutinise Tasmania’s forest peace deal. MLCs have sent the deal to a Parliamentary inquiry, postponing its implementation and putting at risk hundreds of millions of Commonwealth funding linked to it. The inquiry is expected to take at least three months. The Federal Regional Development Minister, Simon Crean, says that is too long. “The money is still on the table but it’s not on the table if the agreement doesn’t go through and we accept the fact that the Legislative Council needs more time but it’s just that the extra time they’ve sought is too long,” he said.

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Logging firm fined after death of worker

Scoop Independent News
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A logging firm, Blacklaws Logging Limited, has been fined $86,400 and ordered to pay $65,000 in reparation following the death of a worker whilst working in the Awatere Valley in Marlborough. The company has ceased trading since the accident, and because there are limited funds left in its account, it will only have to pay $20,000 of the fine imposed. The company’s insurance company will pay the full reparations to the victim’s family.

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