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Daily Archives: December 21, 2012

Froggy Foibles

The reindeer man of Manotick

December 21, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Perhaps rarest of all, though, is the red-nosed flying sled-pulling reindeer made of cedar, typically found not far from their nesting grounds in Manotick Station, where for 22 Christmases Cory Rousson has been training them to stand absolutely still on people’s front lawns and make onlookers smile. ….And at the beginning of October, he thins out the cedar forest on his family’s 43-acre property, hauls the wood into his workshop, and starts putting together wooden reindeer, one after the other, day after day.

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The reindeer man of Manotick

December 21, 2012
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Perhaps rarest of all, though, is the red-nosed flying sled-pulling reindeer made of cedar, typically found not far from their nesting grounds in Manotick Station, where for 22 Christmases Cory Rousson has been training them to stand absolutely still on people’s front lawns and make onlookers smile. ….And at the beginning of October, he thins out the cedar forest on his family’s 43-acre property, hauls the wood into his workshop, and starts putting together wooden reindeer, one after the other, day after day.

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Business & Politics

Commodities price suffer fall but poised for rebound in 2013: Scotiabank report

Canadian Press
December 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Commodity prices are poised for a rebound in 2013 following the declines experienced in many of Canada’s resource sectors this year despite a summer rally, according to a new report from Scotiabank. In a commentary accompanying its Commodity Price Index for November, Scotiabank says prices will get a lift as buyers restock raw materials after liquidating inventories or deferring orders in 2012. “This is already the case in China, where a pickup in orders from steel producers, after a sharp inventory correction last summer, has boosted spot iron ore and coking coal prices,” writes Scotiabank commodity market specialist Patricia Mohr.

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Elk Falls mill sale to developer collapses

Campbell River Mirror
December 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The $8.6 million deal to sell the Catalyst pulp mill to an elusive Edmonton developer with a questionable track record has collapsed. But, Campbell River Mayor Walter Jakeway says: “The town shouldn’t worry; we will end up with a better result. This deal was too strange right from the beginning.” …It was hardly a surprise. Four deadlines for the sale of the 400-acre property were missed on Sept. 5 and 19, Oct. 19 and Dec. 18. And, none of the grandiose promises made by developer Harold Jahn materialized.

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Scotiabank declares lumber its top investment pick for 2013

by Gordon Hamilton – Prolonged construction season and low inventory levels means it’s time to buy
Vancouver Sun
December 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After four years of being the forgotten commodity, lumber is back in the spotlight, named Scotiabank’s top pick for investors for the coming year. “The investment sentiment has changed,” said Patricia Mohr, vice-president of economics and a commodities market specialist at Scotia-bank. …And British Columbia, with one foot in the U.S. lumber market and the other in the Chinese market, is expected to thrive as lumber’s position in the global commodities market is restored.

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Lumber duties continue

Hinton Parklander
December 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada’s wood products industry announced some optimistic news recently: profits are expected to double in 2013 and nearly triple by 2014, according to a report by an independent research organization. …“The duty is reset monthly and for the vast majority of the months since the SLA was implemented in 2006, we have paid duties at the 15% level.” …That’s outrageous; but it’s a cold consequence of having the world superpower as our largest trading partner.

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CNC Burns Lake Campus Offering Free SkillsUpgrade

250 News
December 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Burns Lake,B.C. – Babine Forest Products workers can gain skills for apprenticeships at CNC’s Burns Lake campus for free. The opportunity has been made possible by a $300 thousand dollar grant from the Industry Training Authority. The program is 19 weeks and will begin at the end of January. During the course of the program, students will focus on essential skills, job readiness skills and several industry certifications. Participants will receive funded training, as well as training allowances and other supports.

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Tembec Kapuskasing to receive break on power rate

Kapuskasing Times
December 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tembec’s Kapuskasing operation will benefit from an initiative the provincial government says is designed to help large northern industrial companies improve energy efficiency, reduce costs, sustain jobs and maintain competitiveness. ..“Electricity continues to be a major operating cost for large northern forestry operations. Monday’s announced extension of this program will assist them in lowering costs, improving productivity and boosting competitiveness.

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350 jobs part of new Enfield mill

Klausner Mills announces plan for state-of-the-art lumber processing facility in Enfield
Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald
December 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ENFIELD — Santa Claus came early to Halifax County this year as Gov. Bev Perdue announced this morning more good paying jobs are coming to the Roanoke Valley. …“Halifax County is proud to be the new home of Klausner Lumber Two as they expand their global footprint to the United States,” chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners James Pierce said.

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Receiver to focus on selling pulp mill

Tasmanian Examiner
December 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

THE receiver for former Tasmanian timber giant Gunns will now focus on the sale of the proposed Bell Bay pulp mill project after the sale of the company’s remaining timber products assets. Receiver KordaMentha’s Mark Korda said yesterday that Sydney-based New Forests company had signed off on the purchase of all Gunns Timber Products, including its Bell Bay sawmill in Tasmania, and the Tarpeena Mill in South Australia. …A KordaMentha spokesman said that the receiver, appointed by Gunns’ main lending institutions, would now move focus to the pulp mill.

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Gunns timber assets sold to New Forests

Business Spectator
December 21, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Gunns’ timber products business, including sawmills in Tasmania and South Australia, is set to be sold to Sydney-based New Forests, for a sale price believed to be between $25 million and $30 million, according to The Australian. The newspaper said that sources close to the receiver, Korda Mentha, insisted the figure was significantly higher than the $25 million to $30 million estimate. Prior to Gunns’ collapse three months ago its sawmill assets alone were expected to be worth as much as $90 million.

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Gunns’ receivers say sale funds to help with debts

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

The receivers of collapsed Tasmanian timber company Gunns say money from the sale of major assets will help to settle some of its debts. A Sydney-based company has purchased hardwood sawmills in Tasmania and South Australia from Gunns, which collapsed in September with debts of $500 million.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Good idea, poor planning

Prince George Citizen
December 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

At the corner of Fifth Ave and George Street sits a vacant lot. It shouldn’t be vacant. According to a September 2011 Citizen interview with Premier Christy Clark, It should be the construction site of the 10-story Wood Innovation Design Centre and if not a 10-storey building then at least the tallest wood building in the world.  …Speaking to ministry staff, I find there are no agreements with the private forest-industry sector to lease or in anyway participate in WIDC, no business plan as to what WIDC will do and to top it all off Commonwealth, which was brought into the development agreement by the government, has been thrown under the bus.

The city not the province chose the WIDC Location from 250 News

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Work gets under way on record CLT timber structure

Construction News Portal
December 21, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Kier Construction has started work on a £19 million school project expected to rank as the largest structure in the UK built with the latest cross-laminated timber technology. …. …Cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction technology has been chosen because it offers efficient, high-speed installation using modular factory-made precision components that can be delivered to site and rapidly erected. It has proved less weather-dependent and more sustainable than conventional construction methods.

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Archaeologists Date World’s Oldest Timber Constructions

Science Daily
December 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A research team led by Willy Tegel and Dr. Dietrich Hakelberg from the Institute of Forest Growth of the University of Freiburg has succeeded in precisely dating four water wells built by the first Central European agricultural civilization with the help of dendrochronology or growth ring dating. The wells were excavated at settlements in the Greater Leipzig region and are the oldest known timber constructions in the world. They were built by the Linear Pottery culture, which existed from roughly 5600 to 4900 BC.

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Wood wind instrument to generate power (video)

Globe and Mail
December 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A wind turbine entirely made from wood has been inaugurated in Germany. Joanna Partridge reports.

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Forestry

Lots of misinformation

by Rod Bealing, Private Forest Landowners Association
Campbell River Mirror
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… There is a lot of misinformation swirling around regarding the protection of key public environmental values on private managed forest lands. …Enforcement of federal, provincial and local government regulations on private managed forest land is conducted by a long list of regulatory agencies, including: Environment Canada; Fisheries & Oceans Canada; Parks Canada; Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations; the Private Managed Forest Land Council and others.

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Inaccurate assessment

letter from Mike Larock, RPF, Director of Professional Practice and Forest Stewardship
Campbell River Mirror
December 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) is the regulator of forest professionals in BC. We have a concern regarding the editorial perspective provided by your paper December 11, 2012 (Provincial oversight missing in Cortes logging dispute). The editorial repeated a statement from an earlier article on the subject that, in our view, provided misleading and inaccurate assessment of professional reliance. …The role of forest professionals is to provide the advice and direction required to properly conduct forest land treatments. In their practice, forest professionals bring the important objectives and stewardship to bear in the decision.

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Field Notes: Planting Cloned Redwoods In A Clear-cut With Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

Oregon Public Broadcasting
December 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Rain falls sideways and the trees creak. Terry Mock is drenched, but he has work to do. He’s carrying a pair of redwood trees: slender, about 3 feet tall, their roots tucked in narrow black pots.   “These are clones of some of the biggest and oldest redwoods on the planet. These are the exact genetic duplicates of the mother trees, so in fact, these are the mother trees,” he says. …“What we’re going to test is whether or not the fact that these have the same genetics will enable these trees to withstand environmental stress,” Mock says.

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Mount Hood logging disputes shift as clear-cuts decline and thinning projects rise

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

The Jazz thinning project, a 2,000-acre logging plan near a Clackamas River tributary, features the type of selective tree cutting that’s become the accepted approach for much of the Mount Hood National Forest. But Mount Hood’s main environmental watchdog group is fighting it, charging the Forest Service with using thinning as cover for potentially destructive logging. Amid the criticism, the service has pulled back the previously approved project for a second look, upsetting logging interests who say Jazz is a far cry from the clear-cuts of the 1950s through 1980s.

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Death of hemlock trees yields new life for hardwood trees, but at what cost to the ecosystem?

from University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Eureka Alert
December 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…Our findings were unexpected,” Fraterrigo said. “We hypothesized that
in this area of the southern Appalachians, where there is a lot of
nitrogen available due to high rates of atmospheric nitrogen deposition,
hemlock mortality would increase nitrogen leaching from the soil
because the trees were no longer taking up that nitrogen, but we found
the opposite. We found less nitrogen leaching from the soil because
hardwood trees had compensated by increasing their productivity.”

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City of Spokane and its neighbors take action to protect from future wildfire

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

For the High Drive Bluff community, it’s not about if a wildfire will come through…it’s about when a wildfire will come through. …Funded with a $50,000 grant from the USDA Forest Service and administered through DNR, neighbors are volunteering their time to clear undergrowth, dead debris, and trash along the bluff to help reduce the risk of wildfire.

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TD warns of job losses in forestry sector

Irish Times
December 21, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Selling Coillte harvesting rights to private investors will result in more job losses in the semi-State forestry agency, United Left Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett has claimed. The Dún Laoghaire TD said 11,000 people were employed by the forestry service in Ireland and those numbers “will be further reduced when the Government sells off the trees to private interests which see them only as a cash crop that will make a quick buck”. He claimed they had “no interest in maintaining them as woodlands or developing the woodland industry to create jobs”.

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