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Daily Archives: December 20, 2012

Business & Politics

Catalyst Paper terminates Elk Falls deal after sale fails to close

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

RICHMOND, B.C. – Pulp and paper producer Catalyst Paper says it has terminated an agreement to sell its Elk Falls site in B. C. to Pacifica Deep Sea Terminals. The move came after the parties were unable to close the deal for a second time. The $8.6-million sale of the industrial site in Campbell River was originally scheduled to close in early September, but the deadline was extended until Dec. 18.

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Is Domtar part of B.C.’s jobs plan?

Letter by KEN BARRY
Kamloops Daily News
December 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

I was wondering if the Domtar layoff is part of Christy Clark’s $15-million advertising campaign about her B.C. Jobs and Canada Starts Here jobs plans. She is quoted on one of her websites as saying, “As countries around the world struggle economically, British Columbia is using its position of strength to defend and create jobs in every community”. How are you defending these Domtar jobs Christy, Terry and Kevin?

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Mayor disappointed at removal of equipment from idled sawmill

Cape Breton Post
December 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

BRIDGEWATER — A Nova Scotia mayor says he is disappointed the Oakhill sawmill is being permanently closed by a Montreal-based paper firm. Municipality of Lunenburg Mayor Don Downe says he had hoped that Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products Ltd. would sell the facility as a going concern. The company revealed its decision to start moving equipment out of the building in a letter received by of Municipality of Lunenburg on Tuesday.

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Resolute operation safe: CEO

Chronicle Journal
December 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products is standing behind Thunder Bay’s pulp mill, the company’s CEO assured on Wednesday.  Richard Garneau, who took over Resolute’s top spot two years ago, said the ompany is heavily investing in the local mill, which he said is a competitive one. “This facility here is very important for us,” Garneau said during an editorial board meeting at The Chronicle-Journal on Wednesday. “It’s one of the biggest, the pulp mill and the newsprint machine.

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Brownfield developer poised to land Marathon Pulp

Northern Ontario Business
December 18, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The transfer of a contaminated pulp mill on the north shore of Lake Superior to a U.S. brownfield redeveloper could be completed by early next spring. The president of the Illinois-based Green Investment Group Inc. (GIGI) said his company has reached an agreement with Tembec toward finalizing the acquistion of former Marathon Pulp mill. Ray Stillwell said in an email that his company, Tembec and the Ministry of Environment (MOE) “came to terms that were acceptable to all parties,” at a Nov. 27 meeting.

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Klausner Lumber to open sawmill in Halifax County

Winston-Salem Journal
December 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

RALEIGH – Klausner Lumber Two, a privately-owned softwood timber manufacturer, said Wednesday it will open a sawmill in Halifax County, creating 350 jobs over three years and spending $110 million on capital investments.  The company has been made eligible for up to $3.91 million from the state’s Job Development Investment Grant program, up to $750,000 from the One North Carolina Fund, as well as local incentives.

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Buyer found for Gunns sawmills

ABC News, Australia
December 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Receivers of collapsed Tasmanian timber company Gunns have secured a buyer for some assets, securing the jobs of 380 workers in four states. Sydney-based New Forests will buy Gunns’s hardwood sawmills at Tarpeena in South Australia and Bell Bay in Tasmania It has also agreed to buy warehouses in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. New Forests managing director David Brand says the forestry industry has a stable future.

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Business as usual for Ta Ann

ABC News, Australia
December 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The veneer producer Ta Ann Tasmania says it is business as usual, despite the Upper House delaying the implementation of the forest peace deal. The Malaysian-owned company had warned it would leave the state if the agreement did not become law. It is now saying it will extend its Christmas shutdown period by four weeks at its Smithton and Huon mills while an Upper House inquiry investigates the peace deal.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Renewable, strong building material

Douglas Ledwidge is president, Ledwidge Lumber Co. Ltd., Enfield.
Chronicle Herald
December 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

I am surprised, confused and somewhat amused at the conflicting statements being made by the Atlantic Concrete Association and many of the region’s concrete producers. The vast majority of Nova Scotians live in wood framed homes, made of locally grown and manufactured lumber, sitting firmly atop concrete foundations, many of which are centuries old. …Communities and municipalities like Halifax Regional Municipality now understand that wood provides an alternative that can meet their building code, and at the same time ensure compliance with environmental requirements in both residential and non-residential applications.

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Forestry

Stop bragging about protecting BC species enviro group tells Forest Products Association

The Tyee
December 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Wilderness Committee has blasted a timber industry group for claiming a strong record on protecting endangered species and seeking a voice in revising the legislation. The Forest Products Association, which represents coastal forest companies that produce solid wood products and paper products, said in their most recent newsletter that their history of environmental stewardship and successfully protecting at-risk species qualifies them to make recommendations for improvements to the legislation. But Gwen Barlee of the Wilderness Committee retorted in a release that the forestry industry needs a reality check.

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Cheap U.S. Christmas trees depress sales of N.S. balsam

Chronicle Herald
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Cheap Christmas trees from North and South Carolina will cost Nova Scotia producers thousands of sales this holiday season. “We’ve got 1,000 trees at home prepped and ready to go, but the wholesaler could not take them,” Rex Veinot, a Christmas tree producer from Maplewood in Lunenburg County, said Tuesday. Those trees will remain in the ground this year, he said. “The wholesale price in the United States is below what it costs us to grow a tree.”

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Land claim vote expected next year

North Bay Nugget
December 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

NORTH BAY – Trappers, cottage owners and others with rights to land use will have input during negotiations into one of the province’s oldest native land claims stretching along the Ottawa and Mattawa rivers. Anyone in forestry, aggregate or other legal interest in the land is protected, said Brian Crane, chief negotiator for the Algonquin land claim. “In addition, we’re trying to minimize any general impact, but you can’t transfer any land without affecting somebody.” The claim covers a territory of 3.6-million hectares populated by more than 1.2 million people from North Bay to east of Ottawa.

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N.S. balsam firs grace foreign homes

Chronicle Herald
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

More Nova Scotia Christmas trees are appearing in living rooms around the world thanks to advances in logistics, an industry official said Tuesday. One exciting venture will see more than 1,000 balsam firs from rural parts of the province shipped to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Matthew Wright, industry co-ordinator with the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia, said in an interview. …Shipments of Nova Scotia Christmas trees are increasing to the United Arab Emirates and also to China, Japan, Venezuela, the Caribbean Islands and Bermuda.

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Restoration creates thousands of jobs, protects communities from wildfire

USDA Forest Service
December 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – A Forest Service restoration program created and maintained more than 4,500 jobs in Fiscal Year 2012 and improved the fire-resiliency of 380,000 acres of forestland near communities from 2010-2012, according to a new report. The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program was created in 2009 to restore priority forested landscapes, promote job stability, create a reliable wood supply, improve forest health and reduce emergency wildfire costs across the United States.

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Forest Jobs Act provides example of cooperation to leaders in Congress

Letter from Ruth Kopec
The Missoulian
December 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

From the continuing rancor being espoused over the fiscal cliff, we continue to see that the concepts of cooperation and compromise necessary to achieve progress in any task are missing in action. Perhaps our leaders in Washington can learn from Montanans how to address diverse issues in a rational manner and reach consensus. The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act is an example of diverse interests recognizing a primary life lesson – that you never get everything you want and striking the best deal requires putting differences aside to reach common ground.

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Stimson sells 28K acres in Kootenai River valley into conservation easement

The Missoulian
December 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A conservation project on 28,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat in northwest Montana’s lower Kootenai River valley offers permanent access and protection to tracts of land with high conservation values, while continuing to support recreation and local timber jobs. The land was sold Wednesday by Stimson Lumber Co. as a conservation easement to the Trust for Public Land and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, which will manage the easement. … It will remain a working forest with permanent public access and a high standard of species conservation, said Alex Diekmann of the Trust for Public Land.

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Brazil launches forest trading system

Mongabay.com
December 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brazil has launched a new platform that enables farmers and ranchers who have cleared forest beyond the legal minimum to come into compliance by purchasing forest “quotas” from landowners who have more than the mandated level of forest cover, reports the Associated Press. The system could spur increased compliance with the country’s Forest Code, according to some experts. The platform, launched as part of the Bolsa Verde do Rio de Janeiro (BVRio) or Rio de Janeiro Green Exchange last week, is a private, market-based system with prices determined by supply and demand.

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Forest deal survives political delay (audio)

ABC News, Australia
December 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian forest peace deal has survived yet another unmet deadline. A timber company that was threatening to pull out of the state is staying on and the Federal Government bonus money is still on the table. But it’s uncertain if the Upper House that’s delayed its crucial vote will actually pass the deal in the new year.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Insight: bark-beetle outbreaks harm forest carbon stocks

environmentalresearchweb
December 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West


New maps produced by remote sensing show that beetle infestations have cut live aboveground carbon stocks by 50% across a landscape in Idaho, US. The interactions between terrestrial and atmospheric carbon will change as a result, because beetle-killed trees no longer absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide through photosynthesis but eventually decay and release carbon dioxide … We used digital aerial photography to map tree mortality, and light detection and ranging (LiDAR) to measure aboveground tree-carbon stocks.

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