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Daily Archives: January 2, 2013

Business & Politics

Forest Products Sector Council ceases operations, but HR work continues

Pulp & Paper Canada
December 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Sector Council (FPSC-CSPF), a federal body created in 2008 to analyze the human resources development and transition issues facing the Canadian forest products industry, will officially cease operations as of January 31, 2013. However, the work of examining labour supply and demand in Canada’s forest products sector will continue through a partnership between FPSC and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC).

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Sawmill Inspections Continuing in British Columbia

The latest update from WorkSafeBC indicates some orders for corrective action on combustible dusts have been issued by the agency during follow-up visits to 172 locations.
Occupational Health & Safety
December 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

WorkSafeBC posted an update Dec. 21 that summarizes the results of inspections its personnel have carried out this year at sawmills. The principal hazard targeted by these inspections, which were spurred by significant sawmill fires, is accumulations of combustible dust. The update indicates some orders for corrective action on combustible dusts have been issued by the agency during follow-up visits to 172 locations.

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Opposition: Test for Bowater byproducts

Liberals, Tories want environment assessment of decades-old mill bought by province
Chronicle Herald
December 30, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Provincial opposition parties want a thorough environmental assessment of the former Bowater Mersey Paper Co. Ltd. paper mill site performed in the new year. The assessment would include soil and groundwater testing for toxic chemicals. “Until the environmental liability costs are known, the total price the NDP paid for Bowater remains unknown,” Progressive Conservative Leader Jaimie Baillie said Saturday as he issued a call for the testing.

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Lumber prices may fall 25% after leading commodities in 2012

Bloomberg
December 31, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber futures may tumble as much as 25 percent from a seven-year high as output increases in Canada, the world’s biggest exporter, according to Forest Economic Advisors LLC.  The price may touch $300 per 1,000 board feet in 2013, Paul F. Jannke, a principal at the Westford, Massachusetts-based consulting company, said in a telephone interview on Dec. 27. In mid-October, he correctly forecast the rally. Futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Dec. 26 reached $399.50, the highest since April 2005.

Lumber Futures Hit $392.80 – Highest in Eight Years from Woodworking Network

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Lumber Surges to Highest Since April 2005 as Home Prices Climb

Bloomberg Businessweek
December 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber futures jumped to the highest in seven years after U.S. home prices climbed more than forecast in October, adding to signs of stabilization for the housing market. …“Housing starts are up fairly dramatically, and the economy is picking up steam,” Neil E. Harl, an economist at Iowa State University, said in an e-mail. “There is a bit of pent-up demand involved. Many lumber yards had undoubtedly let their inventories drop with the downturn.”

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Crews fight fire at Black River Falls lumber company

WXOW.com
January 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

LACK RIVER FALLS, Wisconsin – An early morning fire damages a woodworking company in Black River Falls. According to a release from the Black River Falls Fire Department, they were called around 4:30 a.m. to the Hart Tie and Lumber Company for a fire in a sawdust bin. The fire was found by a worker who tried to put the fire out using extinguishers. The fire was by an auger used to move the sawdust from the bin to a boiler used for drying kilns for lumber.

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2012 Review: Old Weyerhaeuser mill sells for a song

Statesman Journal
December 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The industrial heart of Dallas sold for bargain basement prices at a real estate auction in September. Weyerhaeuser Co.’s closed sawmill and seven other associated properties in Dallas totaling 154 acres sold for about $2.1 million to several buyers. Before Weyerhaeuser decided to auction its Dallas property, the land, buildings, and sawmill equipment had been listed for sale at $11.3 million. Its tax-assessed value is about $15 million.

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Urban sawmill turns fallen trees into household goods and trinkets

TwinCities.com
December 26, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

If a tree has an afterlife, Cindy Siewert can find it. She owns Wood From the Hood, a business that recycles trees into furniture, walls and flooring. It’s a way for the owners of a beloved tree to make it part of their lives — recycling memories and wood at the same time. She won’t touch a tree that’s been unnecessarily sawed down. “We only take fallen trees from disease, construction or storm damage,” Siewert said in her Wood From the Hood showroom in the Seward neighborhood of South Minneapolis.

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Anti-forestry campaigner disappointed about chip mill future

ABC News, Australia
December 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

An anti-forestry campaigner in the New South Wales south east says she is disappointed a chip mill in the region will remain open. South East Fibre Exports at Eden announced last week it is still financially viable, even after it axed 20 jobs in October. Convenor of the Chip-Stop Campaign, Harriet Swift, says the company’s logging operations in the region is destroying the environment.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Chairman of the board: Handcrafted surfboards made in Lantzville get noticed by the pros

Nanaimo Daily News
December 26, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

NANAIMO — Randy Weflen runs his palm over the curves of a wooden surfboard, feeling the rough edges that still need polishing.  “I have surfboards going all over the world now,” he says as he eyes the board critically. “This one will be heading to Florida as soon as it’s finished.” …Already his shop has garnered interest from pro surfer Ralph Bruhwiler, who now uses Weflen’s Wefi boards, and the B.C. Ministry of Forests, which is using the wooden surfboards as an example of the benefits of logging in a new study.

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American Forest & Paper Association Supports Paper and Paper-Based Packaging Promotion, Research and Information Proposed Order

AF&PA Press release
December 28, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for issuing the proposed Paper and Paper-Based Packaging Promotion, Research and Information Order for public comment. …”We need to present consumers with the facts of the renewable and recyclable nature of our products to allow them to make informed decisions, and today’s actions by USDA take us one step closer,” said AF&PA Board Chairman Alexander Toeldte, president and CEO of Boise, Inc.

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Forestry

Decline in B.C. moose population threatens hunt

by Larry Pynn – Consultant hired to examine causes and solutions
Vancouver Sun
December 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has hired a consultant to investigate a dramatic decline in moose in the Cariboo region, including the impact of unregulated aboriginal hunting after large-scale pine-beetle logging opening up the landscape and increasing access. “The Liberal government is the main suspect,” asserted Chief Joe Alphonse of the Tsilhqot’in National Government. “The clearcuts out there are a desert. You can now see them (moose) from 300 to 400 yards. That makes it easier for hunters, poachers, everyone.”

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Web Profile: SAVE THE ONTARIO RANGER PROGRAM- HELP US HELP YOUTH RALLY

Friends fo the Ontario Ranger Program
January 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Join us on January 4th at Queen’s Park (the Ontario Legislative Assembly in Toronto) for the Help Us Help Youth Rally!  Bring your friends, family and other rangers that you know and help us to make our voices heard!

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Mining, forestry on MPPs’ agendas for 2013

Area members of provincial parliament want to expand northern Ontario economy
CBC News
December 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…Over in Nipissing, Vic Fedeli said forestry is at the top of his agenda.  The conservative MPP said he wants to re-introduce his private member’s bill to allow buildings taller than two stories to be built with wood — a bill that was lost after prorogation. “All it needed was to come to the floor for one minute and have a vote and we would have had six-storey wood building in Ontario,” Fedeli said.

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Local example for Ravalli County natural resource management

The Missoulian
December 31, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The Beaverhead-Deerlodge Partnership has been struggling with the social, economic, environmental and property rights issues related to all manner of uses of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. …There is, however, a light at the end of the tunnel. In July 2009, the plan the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Partnership had been struggling with became a part of the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, a bill sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and co-sponsored by Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii

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Forest industries and the fire suppression industrial complex

Ruidoso News
December 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While state lawmakers will be asked to look at legislation to spawn the use of forest slash as a larger-scale energy creating fuel, what is described as the “fire suppression-industrial complex” by a local business principal could be a hurdle. The reference, alluding to the military-industrial complex points, to the relationships between government, the flow of funding, and industry. …”Ballpark, cocktail napkin estimates, we need billions of dollars just
in this state to solve the forest management problems that we have. All of the agencies combined are not going to get those kind of dollars into their budgets.”

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Neiman Timber Co. donates $50K to beetle fight

Black Hills Pioneer
December 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DEADWOOD — The Neiman Timber Co., will not give up its fight against the mountain pine beetle, as the sawmill company donated $50,000 to the Spearfish Canyon Mountain Pine Beetle Project, which falls under the Lawrence County Mountain Pine Beetle Program. …This epidemic started in 1987 and our three sawmills can’t stay ahead of it. But, with the state of South Dakota and Lawrence County a leading county, along with us giving the county additional funds to help control the epidemic, that seems like a small amount compared to the size of problem the county has.”

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City Hopes Money Grows From Fallen Trees

The New York Times
December 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Talk about making lemonade out of lemons. Hurricane Sandy toppled hundreds of trees throughout the metropolitan area, including many in the New York City-owned watersheds along reservoirs in Westchester County. Instead of discarding the downed trees or burning them, the city is selling them. …The downed or damaged trees will be sold to the highest responsible bidder – presumably a lumber company that can cart them off without damaging the land or other flora in the watershed.

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Aggressive tree disease could cost millions

The Copenhagen Post
December 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Getting an overview on the spread of the Phytophthora in Denmark is not adequate, plant pathologist contends …Naturstyrelsen, the state nature agency, has granted funds to the pilot project that will take samples from as many as 60 trees throughout Denmark and combine them with visual observations of the trees from which the samples stem. …“Something must be done to tackle the problem and that will mean significant investment within the realms of research and information,” Thinggaard told Politiken newspaper.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood touted as ‘new’ renewable fuel

Broader incentives for biothermal energy sought; some environmentalists skeptical
Baltimore Sun
December 24, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

…Maryland is using wood to provide heat and power at an Eastern Shore prison, the Eastern Correctional Institute in Princess Anne. But beyond that initiative, taken 25 years ago, there’s been little done to encourage wood-based energy in the state. That’s beginning to change. The Maryland Energy Administration is offering $400 rebates to homeowners who put in new, cleaner-burning wood stoves and $600 rebates for modern pellet stoves. And it’s provided a $250,000 demonstration grant to a commercial greenhouse in Carroll County to help it pay for switching its heating plant to burn wood.

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Bioenergy association says forest biomass is carbon-neutral

Pulp & Paper Canada
January 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The World Bioenergy Association released a fact sheet about the carbon neutrality of sustainable biomass from forests during the COP18 UN Climate Change Conference. The lengthy document explains that the use of forest biomass is carbon-neutral, because the carbon contained in wood originates from the atmosphere and it is released to the atmosphere by wood decay or by combustion. It examines the carbon cycle of forests in detail, and considers various aspects of global carbon balance and deforestation

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