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Daily Archives: January 3, 2013

Business & Politics

A happy, duty-free New Year for the lumber industry

Canadian Business
January 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

In late November, an obscure wood-price index nudged up to $355. Most people didn’t even notice, but you could almost hear champagne corks popping in forest-industry executive suites. That’s because when the random-length framing-lumber composite price index hits $355, the softwood lumber export tax—part of the current Canada-U.S. softwood lumber agreement—drops to zero. That’s exactly what will happen on Jan. 1 if the index holds. The elimination of the export tax would be a nice bonus for a forest industry that is quietly returning to health, says University of British Columbia forestry professor David Cohen.

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Perspectives on 2012: This community needs Catalyst or others like it

Cowichan News Leader
December 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sometimes we are so married to our gut reactions, we’re blind to all the possibilities. And when it comes down to the Catalyst mill tax debate, I think too many people are playing it safe in their bubbles. This year, North Cowichan completely overhauled its tax structure, reducing rates for heavy industry, light industry, forestry and farming while increasing rates for business, recreation, utilities and residential…It took a heavy load off the mill and some folks are still grumbling about their taxes.

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B.C. logging firm to cut timber submerged in Panama lake

Coast Eco Timber got green light from Panama’s environmental authority to log 15,000 hectares over next 15 years
Vancouver Sun
January 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Panama’s National Environmental Authority, ANAM, handed Coast Eco Timber owner Alana Husby a welcome Christmas present on Dec. 20. It was the go-ahead for her wholly owned firm to spend 15 years logging 15,000 hectares’ worth of timber that was submerged in 1976 when a hydroelectric scheme created Lake Bayano. Along with the approval came the prospect of a happy new year to the tune of $15 million in revenue, and perhaps three times that by 2015.

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Rising building material costs may dampen new home sales

TribLive.com
December 27, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Homebuilders, in the midst of recovering from slow sales caused by the Great Recession, have received a new blow that could slow sales again. The cost of materials used to build houses is jumping. Prices for drywall, cement and lumber are fast outpacing inflation of 2 percent, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Lumber prices have increased 35 percent since December 2011, the association said, reaching a seven-year high on Wednesday.

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No Tumble in Sight for Timber

After a terrific 2012, the coming year promises more of the same
Investor Place
January 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Ask investors what they think was best-returning commodity in 2012 was, and odds are you’ll get answers like gold, oil or even sexier natural resources like rare earth metals. Well, they’d wrong. The answer lies in a hard asset on the more boring side. Driven by several forces — including a rebound in the U.S. housing market, expanding pulp sales and a few issues with Mother Nature — timber became the commodity du jour during the last year. Lumber prices surged throughout 2012 to reach a six-year high. But investors need not fret that they missed out on the asset class’s gain in 2012.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Powassan company using sunshine to brighten dark times

North Bay Nipissing
January 2, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

POWASSAN – Quality Hardwoods is hoping to cash in by soaking up some rays. “It’s just a natural fit for us,” explained Quality Hardwoods Operations Manager Pete Van Amelsfoort of the proposed rooftop solar project the company is looking to install. “We have almost two acres of roof with almost half of that facing south.” Quality Hardwoods is planning to lease its rooftops to Solar Power Network, a Canadian-owned power company, which will then install high-yield, low-angle solar panels.

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Forestry

Give trees (and frogs) a break

Provincial forestry policies neither protect the environment nor provide jobs in exchange for favourable tax rates
Vancouver Sun
December 26, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cortes Island is not the only place where a community is in a faceoff with IT. People in Port Alberni oppose IT’s industrial logging of McLaughlin Ridge and Cameron Valley Firebreak. In Roberts Creek, it’s Day Road Forest and in Powell River, its Stillwater Bluffs. …The province of B.C. is responsible for this broken system. The B.C. Liberals repealed the Forest Land Reserve Act in 2002, and replaced it with the highly flexible, industry-friendly Private Managed Forest Land Act in 2004.

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Former logger helps preserve Widgeon Marsh

Coquitlam Now
January 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Keeping an area of Coquitlam as wild as possible and free from residential development has motivated a former logger to hand over a large parcel of land to Metro Vancouver to expand an ecologically sensitive marsh area. Bob Edward has sold 9.6 hectares of land to Metro Vancouver to expand the Widgeon Marsh Regional Park Reserve to 614 hectares. …”Widgeon Marsh is unique because it is a tidal freshwater wetland and is
influenced by Pitt Lake, the largest freshwater tidal lake in North
America,” he said in the release.

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Going green threatens West Coast jobs

Vancouver 24 hrs
January 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When it comes to Vancouver’s economy, some environmentalists would like you to believe going green is what helps pay for our schools and hospitals. The reality is that an estimated 97% of our economy has nothing to do with windmills and solar power.In fact, only a small fraction of the people working in our downtown core owes their job to the “green” economy. Most of their pay cheques are derived from resource extraction and exports.

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Retirees on the rampage

Pension-owned companies may be liquidating our forests, but some communities are fighting back.
Focus Online
January 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

John Woolley, a retired public school teacher, recently blockaded a logging road with family and fellow islanders on Cortes Island to protect the 2,700-acre forest from an unlikely adversary—his own pension funds. Woolley is the latest kind of Vancouver Island activist: a pensioner appalled at the way his pension is being invested in the liquidation of private forest lands on Vancouver Island by companies in the portfolio of BC Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC). Says Woolley, “We are killing our own local economy and we are doing it to ourselves.”

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We need to change how B.C. forests are managed

By Anthony Britneff
Vancouver Sun
January 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Give trees (and frogs) a break, Opinion, Dec 26 Carrie Saxifrage’s column about the efforts of residents of Cortes Island to save the last remnants of their old-growth forest underscores weakness in our forest laws. Forest ownership comes with many responsibilities that transcend the gazetted boundaries of private land, chief among them being the maintenance of ecosystem integrity.

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Conservation group saves Wyoming forest area

Associated Press
January 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HEYENNE, Wyo. — A conservation group was able to preserve part of a national forest in western Wyoming with an $8.75 million buyout of oil and gas leases secured by last-minute donations, including $750,000 from the founder of online stock broker TD Ameritrade. The Trust for Public Land was running well short of funds ahead of a Dec. 31 deadline to purchase the development leases near the headwaters of the Hoback River. The gift last week from former investment executive Joe Ricketts helped close the gap.

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Growing Forests For Health Care

Oregon Public Broadcasting
January 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Instead of selling or logging their land to pay medical bills as they age, could family forest owners trade carbon credits for health care? A new pilot program in Columbia County is trying to find way for small forestland owners to pay for healthcare without cutting more trees. It’s next in a series on innovative environmental ideas. Collectively, small private landowners own a lot of the tree-covered turf in the U.S. But a lot of that forestland – an area the size of Idaho, according to the Pinchot Institute for Conservation – is at risk of being lost to development as owners age over the next 20 years.

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Groups to sue over logging outside Crater Lake

Associated Press
January 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORTLAND, Ore. — Conservation groups plan court action to modify a timber sale on national forest land outside Crater Lake National Park. The groups formally notified the U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday that they will go to court unless it agrees to changes in the DBug timber sale on the Umpqua National Forest. The sale is designed to reduce fire danger and deal with pine beetle infestations around the popular recreation areas of Diamond Lake and Lemolo.

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