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Daily Archives: December 19, 2012

Business & Politics

Catalyst unloads Arizona assets, railway shares for $13.5 million

Canadian Press
December 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Catalyst Paper has conditionally agreed to sell its closed Snowflake paper mill in Arizona and its shares in Apache Railway for $13.5 million US to an affiliate of a private U.S. investment firm. The buyer is an investment entity organized by Hackman Capital that intends to operate the railway. The transaction, announced Tuesday by the Canadian pulp and paper producer, is subject to court approval.

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Lumber sector to benefit from higher demand

National Post
December 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The rebounding U.S. housing market and growing demand from China, both which bolstered the lumber sector over the past year, is expected to continue to drive dividends and share buybacks through 2013. “We believe that lumber as a commodity is uniquely positioned in that for the first time in the last 50 or 60 years the North American market place will be unable to offer a dramatic supply response to these higher prices,” said Mark Kennedy, a forest product analyst at CIBC World Markets. He anticipates that prices will rise 28% in 2013 to US$380/Mfbm, from US$297/Mfbm in 2012.

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Beautiful B.C.’s big business problem is far from pretty

Industry needs to wake up and realize that although it might pay the bills in this province, it has lost much of the people’s support
Business in Vancouver
December 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Business in B.C. needs a wake-up call: this isn’t your grandfather’s province anymore.. …When European settlers arrived in B.C. and built the first mines and mills, they failed to ask for permission from the aboriginal population to set up shop. … As a result, less than a handful of this province’s bands have signed treaties, which, unlike the rest of Canada, means there is almost no certainty over the land base and the resources that bankroll much of this province’s economy.

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STEPHENSON: Bowater agreement a wonderful seasonal tale

Chronicle Herald
December 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

WHILE THE DEXTER New Democrats were hugging trees with one hand in the Bowater purchase, they were flashing the Trudeau salute at their own environmental priorities with the other. Remember all those outraged calls to make big-business polluters pay for industrial cleanups during the NDP years in opposition? It’s a distant echo that’s lost in the fog of the NDP’s newly developed propensity for giving corporations a leg up and a hand out.

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NSLI’s Bowater cleanup estimate realistic

Chronicle Herald
December 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

As chief operating officer of Nova Scotia Lands Inc. (NSLI) and an environmental engineer, I would like to respond to the Dec. 15 article “Bowater site cleanup to cost $8.75 million.” NSLI, a provincial Crown corporation, is managing the former Bowater Paper plant site in Brooklyn. I think it is important for readers to understand that the purpose of the AMEC Phase I assessment was to determine whether there was potential for contaminants in soil and groundwater in the event the site was decommissioned. There is no plan to decommission the Bowater site.

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LEGER: Darrell Dexter and his leap of faith in the forests

Chronicle Herald
December 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The deal is done for the Bowater lands; now the nightmare task of managing expectations really sets in for the Dexter govern­ment. … With the province’s books now reaching $277 million in the red, Dexter and Co. are asking Nova Scotians to take a leap of faith in forests. If taxpayers don’t think that’s a good call, the NDP will pay at the polls. That is Dexter’s dilemma. The mere fact that he seemed ready to do almost anything to clean up the pulp and paper meltdown of 2011-2012 testifies to how important those jobs are in vulnerable parts of the province.

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Resolute plans to move equipment out of Oak Hill sawmill

Canadian Press
December 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

BRIDGEWATER — A Montreal-based forestry firm that shut down its Nova Scotia paper mill earlier this year is preparing to dismantle a sawmill that was part of its operations in the province. Resolute Forest Products says it will move its equipment in the Oak Hill sawmill out of province to service other operations within the company. Jacques Vachon, senior vice-president of corporate affairs, states the company’s plans in a letter to the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.

Deal between province, Resolute excludes Oakhill sawmill site from South Shore Now
Resolute won’t re-open Oakhill Sawmill from CKBW

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Best sales trends in 5 years drive US homebuilders’ confidence higher for 8th month in a row

Associated Press
December 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Confidence among U.S. homebuilders inched up this month, to the highest level in more than six and a half years, as builders reported the best market for newly built homes since the housing boom. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Tuesday increased 2 points to 47 from a revised 45 in November. That’s the highest reading since April 2006, just before the housing bubble burst.

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USDA Seeks Nominees for National Softwood Lumber Promotion

USDA press release
December 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for the Softwood Lumber Board. The 19-member board will hold elections to fill six seats for members whose terms expire on Dec. 31, 2013. Domestic manufacturers will fill four seats – one in the Northeast and Lake States region, two in the South region, and one in the West region. Two seats will be filled by softwood lumber importers – one representing the Canada West region and one representing other importing countries. Each member will serve a three-year term.

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Canadian pension fund likes NZ forest growing conditions, access to Asian markets

National Business Review
December 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board wants to capitalise on favourable growing conditions and access to Asian markets having taken a 30 percent stake in the central North Island’s Kaingaroa forestry estate. The Canadian fund sees the 178,000 hectare Kaingaroa estate as an “attractive asset” that has been “very successfully” managed by Timberlands for many years, spokesman Mark Boutet says in an emailed statement.

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Forestry

Stella-Jones forestry operation near Nakusp passes audit

BC Forest Practices Board
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of Stella-Jones Canada Incorporated’s operations near Upper Arrow Lake found that forest practices complied with provincial forestry legislation, according to a report released today. “We are pleased to see Stella Jones is following the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act” said board chair Al Gorley.

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The US could lose 34 million acres of forest by 2060

Grist Magazine
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

…It is with regret, then, that I must inform you that trees are going away. Not all of them. Just 34 million acres of them across the United States. That figure is the worst-case scenario according to the U.S. Forest Service’s forecast of how expanding residential and industrial areas will combine with climate change to wipe out an enormous amount of forested land.

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US Forest Service report forecasts natural resource management

Study projects significant forest loss due to suburbanization and land fragmentation
USDA Forest Service
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, —A comprehensive U.S. Forest Service report released today examines the ways expanding populations, increased urbanization, and changing land-use patterns could profoundly impact natural resources, including water supplies, nationwide during the next 50 years. Significantly, the study shows the potential for significant loss of privately-owned forests to development and fragmentation, which could substantially reduce benefits from forests that the public now enjoys including clean water, wildlife habitat, forest products and others.

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Black Hills National Forest unveils beetle plan

Billings Gazette
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Black Hills National Forest plans to use extensive commercial tree thinning to battle the mountain pine beetle as part of a $70 million plan that will take five to seven years to implement. The plan developed over more than a year will target 248,000 acres of vulnerable woodlands within the 1.2-million-acre forest in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, according to Forest Supervisor Craig Bobzien.

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Group wants timber harvest panel to go public

Capital Press
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A nonprofit organization that advocates for protection of old-growth forests is calling for Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber to go public with what they say are “the closed-door proceedings of the governor’s timber harvest panel.” In a press conference at the Oregon Capitol Dec. 18, Cristina Hubbard, project director of Forest Web of Cottage Grove, Ore., said decisions being made behind closed doors “have a direct impact on our lives and those of the generations to follow.” “The governor must put an end to closed-door sessions and hold a public comment period on the timber harvest panel’s recommendation,” Hubbard said.

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Sir Harry Studholme appointed Interim Chair of Forestry Commission

UK Forestry Commission
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry Commissioner Sir Harry Studholme has been appointed interim Chair of the Board of Forestry Commissioners from 1 January until 30 June 2013. Sir Harry, who has been a GB Commissioner since 2007 and who has owned woodlands for more than 20 years, said, “It’s a privilege to step into the role at such a critical time. Recent events have reminded us of the value and importance of our forestry expertise, and that the Forestry Commission’s staff rank among our nation’s most professional, practical and effective public servants.”

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New forest player aims to give all growers a say

from Forest Growers Levy Trust
Scoop Independent News
December 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forest owners will vote in March on a plan that aims to give all commercial forest and woodlot owners a say in the future of their industry. The Forest Voice referendum is being conducted by a new organisation, the Forest Growers Levy Trust, an incorporated society. It has the backing of the two established players in the sector, the Forest Owners Association and the Farm Forestry Association. Trust chair Geoff Thompson says the plan aims to create a fairer, more cohesive and more profitable sector. The referendum will be held from 1-22 March 2013.

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The United States Announces Next Facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership

US Department of State (press release)
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Cynthia Akuetteh today announced the appointment of the next facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP). Matthew Cassetta, currently the cultural affairs officer at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, will assume the role of facilitator beginning in May, 2013.

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First step for forest peace deal scrutiny

ABC News, Australia
December 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The parliamentary committee set up to scrutinise Tasmania’s historic forest peace deal met for the first time in Hobart this afternoon. The committee of 13 MLCs needed to set a timeline for their inquiry into the agreement, signed by industry and green groups. In Parliament last week, the council voted eight to four to scrutinise the enacting legislation so more interest groups get an opportunity to have a say.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Carbon credit glut irks forestry body

Stuff.co.nz
December 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forestry experts have labelled the ban of two carbon credits from the Exchange Trading Scheme laudable but little more than window dressing. The ban, announced by Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser earlier in the week, prevents the sale of credits generated from industrial gas destruction and certain large-scale hydropower projects whose environmental credentials are suspect. … “We have far more credits than we will ever need right now,” Clarke said.

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General

Kenora’s Weyerhaeuser plant increasing to five days of production

December 18, 2012
Category: Uncategorised

Kenora’s Weyerhaeuser mill has hired 20 new staff and as of Jan. 1, 2013, will be increasing its operations to five days a week. The mill has been operating a four-day shift, which is about 70 per cent of its capacity but plant manager Bill Candline said with the new staff, it will be performing at 80 per cent. “There’s energy savings, wherever we can reduce our costs, we can sell more of our product and there has been an increase in the housing market in the U.S., which we expect to continue in the coming year,” Candline explained.

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