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Daily Archives: January 4, 2013

Business & Politics

Restructured Catalyst Paper to re-list stock on Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday

Canadian Press
January 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

RICHMOND, B.C. – Catalyst Paper Corp. is preparing for a return to the Toronto Stock Exchange next week. The B.C.-based pulp and paper producer was delisted from the market last March. It later completed a court-supervised restructuring in June. The Vancouver-area company says a new class of shares will trade on the TSX under the symbol CYT beginning on Jan. 7.

Click here to read the press release from Catalyst

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Bowater deal could leave $3m hangover

Or not? Bureaucrat unable to say if province will owe money due to pact with N.S. Power
Chronicle Herald
January 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The former Bowater mill’s power deal could end up costing the provincial body that now owns the closed paper mill more than $3 million this year. The province inherited the arrangement when it acquired the mill’s assets and liabilities last month from Resolute Forest Products of Montreal. The Queens County mill had been buying renewable power generated by the Mersey River at a preferential rate, said government bureaucrat Jeff Larsen. Larsen is also the president of ReNova Scotia Bioenergy, the renamed Bowater Mersey Paper Co.

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Forestry

Logging concerns focus on visual impact

Friends of Valentine Mountain ask the city to look into plans for the area
The Powell River Peak
January 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A representative of Friends of Valentine Mountain has requested City of Powell River council look into Island Timberlands’ proposed logging in the area. Daniel Rajala, who addressed council recently, expressed concern about the visual impact logging will have, particularly to the park. He requested that the city review the original land deal to determine “how we acquired this park area and how much of that property is ours.”

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Group hails forest cooperation

Calaveras Enterprise
January 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For the first time in many years, loggers and conservation groups are working together and the results have been stunning, according to Katherine Evatt, president of the Pine Grove-based Foothill Conservancy. The Amador Calaveras Consensus Group has been working in the Stanislaus and Eldorado national forests on projects that are part of a larger national program called Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration. The goal is to restore forests for people, water and wildlife, and a report released in December shows some of those goals are being met.

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Leadership Transition, Remarks From Gov Kitzhaber On Forestry Board Agenda?

Albany Tribune
January 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Board of Forestry will mark a transition at its Jan. 9 meeting in Salem, as John Blackwell, whose term as board chair ended Dec. 31, passes the gavel to Tom Imeson, public affairs director at the Port of Portland. Michael Rose, a forest industry labor representative, is joining the board as well, succeeding Steve Wilson, whose term also ended Dec. 31. …Two panels will provide updates and views on forest health, economic viability of rural communities, and other issues related to the 60 percent of Oregon’s forestland base that is federally owned.

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Will Departments of Agriculture and Conservation Ever Merge? Maybe Not!

Bangor Daily News
January 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The nonmerger of the Agriculture and Conservation Departments continues apace. Commissioner Walt Whitcomb, who was selected to lead the new Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry after the legislature approved Governor Paul LePage’s plan to merge the two state agencies, has predicted that it will take years to implement the merger, while legislators have expressed frustration about the slow pace. …The merger is very much in jeopardy, as various interests mull over their options.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Center for Biological Diversity files appeal over Tahoe/Truckee biomass project

Sierra Sun
January 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A national environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting nearly extinct species is appealing the latest approval in the proposed two-megawatt Cabin Creek Biomass Energy Facility process, officials confirmed Wednesday. The Center for Biological Diversity submitted the appeal after the Placer County Planning Commission adopted a conditional use permit and certified the project’s final Environmental Impact Report on Dec. 20, said Brett Storey, Placer County project manager for the biomass facility, on Wednesday.

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Grant Funds Available For Woody Biomass Ideas

Oregon Public Broadcasting
January 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

SALEM – Got an intriguing idea for using woody biomass off the forests of Northeastern Oregon? It could be eligible for grant funding through the Oregon Department of Forestry. The agency has $60,000 in federal grant money to award to applicants with proposals that would help restore overgrown forest stands while putting excess woody material to work in a cost-effective way, producing heat, electricity or fuel.

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