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Daily Archives: January 9, 2013

Business & Politics

John Deere enhances focus on forestry business

Lesprom
January 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

John Deere’s Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division has implemented organizational changes to enhance its focus on forestry customers. The changes improve alignment and management of the overall global forestry product portfolio and stewardship of the forestry product lines, as the company said in a press release received by Lesprom Network. The changes include the appointment of Martin L. Wilkinson to the position of Vice President, Worldwide Forestry and Business Development in the Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division.

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Reward offered for stolen logging equipment

CJDC
January 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

During the night of January 3rd $60 to $70 thousand worth logging parts and equipment were stolen from a shop van at the Hassler Creek logging site. Some of the stolen equipment includes Hydraulic cylinders, a Honda generator, hydraulic fittings, and hoses and dies for a Parker Hose press. Some of the equipment cannot be replaced. The investigation is still going on, but no suspects have been identified. The owners of the equipment are offering an reward for the identity of suspects and return of the equipment.

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Outlook 2013: Forestry

By Steve Talbot, Executive Director, Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia
Daily Business Buzz
January 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Looking at the future of Nova Scotia’s forest industry, there are — no doubt — still hurdles to be traversed. There may still be mills that will close in our province. There may still be jobs that will be lost. And there may be investments that will choose to pass by our province for other shores. At the same time, there are mills like Oakhill, Ligni Bel and Scotia Atlantic Biomass that are either up for sale, are restarting, or have investors looking to make a new investment.

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Record-breaking performance set by Irving Paper

Production of quality specialty grade paper reached 408,214 tonnes
Pulp and Paper News
January 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Irving Paper has a new target to beat in 2013 as it ends 2012 with record-breaking production. The team of over 300 employees pulled together to make 408,214 tonnes of quality specialty grade paper. While production has increased, the team has worked hard to reduce the mill’s impact on the environment. Over the past five years, Irving Paper has achieved a 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of about 20,000 cars off the road.

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International Paper declared dividend

Lesprom
January 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

International Paper declared a quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share for the period from January 1, 2013, to March 31, 2013, inclusive, on its common stock, par value $1.00. This dividend is payable on March 15, 2013, to holders of record at the close of business on February 15, 2013, as the company said in a press release received by Lesprom Network.

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? International Paper Joins Two Sides

Markwire
January 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

CHICAGO, IL — Two Sides today announced that International Paper has become a member, joining with other companies across the graphic communications value chain to promote the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper. “At International Paper, our sustainability efforts are driven by our desire to make IP better,” says Clay Ellis, vice president and general manager, Commercial Printing Papers.

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UPM to close its Stracel mill, France

Pulp and Paper News
January 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

UPM announced that on January 4 it permanently ceased production of coated magazine paper at its Stracel mill in France after finalizing the employee information and consultation process with the Central Workers’ Council of UPM France and the Workers’ Council associated with the mill.

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New pulp mill not looking likely

The Advocate
January 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN fall in demand for paper appears to be lessening the chances of Tasmania getting a major pulp mill development. “The paper industry is clearly a casualty of the digital revolution …,” the chairman of PaperlinX, which used to operate Tas Paper manufacturing at Burnie and Wesley Vale, told the company’s annual meeting late last year. “The digital revolution was forecast by Wall Street in 1999, perhaps 10years too soon,” Michael Barker said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Historic Minto Bridges to be restored

Reinforced wood system to replace steel grating
Ottawa Citizen
January 8, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East

OTTAWA — The 110-year-old Minto Bridges that cross the Rideau River are undergoing rehabilitation to repair damage and to make them strong enough for fire trucks. …An innovative reinforced wood system is to replace the steel grating. The fibreglass-and-wood deck, made by Guardian Bridge Rapid Construction, will be the first such bridge deck in Ottawa. “It’s a very robust and durable material,” says Crawford Dewar, president of Guardian Bridge, located in Stratford, Ont. “It is 10 times stronger than steel, 30 per cent lighter, and immune to corrosion.

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NS: Wood-first policy could burn businesses in HRM, say opponents

A report going to the environment and sustainability standing committee Thursday recommends giving wood first consideration for non-residential municipal projects.
Daily Business Buzz
January 9, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

[HALIFAX, NS] — Two local business organizations are calling on HRM to turn down a wood-first policy for municipal buildings. …Nancy Conrad, senior vice president of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, said that opens up a “slippery slope.” …But the Atlantic Concrete Association — which will present its arguments to the committee Thursday — said the policy could simply eliminate jobs in other local industries.

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Forestry

New projects take closer look at B.C.’s wildfire risks

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
January 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – As part of the Mid-Term Timber Supply Action Plan, the ministry has started two pilot projects to mitigate the risk of wildfire in mountain pine beetle-impacted areas in the Merritt timber supply area and the Vanderhoof and Fort St. James portions of the Prince George timber supply area….  The pilots will develop objectives to guide land management activities such as the use of silviculture techniques -including tree planting, brushing and spacing – to reduce wildfire risks from hazardous forest fuels.

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Foresters have 180,000 piles of trees to burn in Colorado forests

Denver Post
January 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PINEWOOD LAKE — A federal forester flicked a Bic, igniting a first bone-dry pile of culled young pines — testing conditions for the looming task of torching 180,000 similar piles across Colorado. The continued construction of houses in burn zones is forcing this effort to thin overly dense forests and reduce the risk of super-intense wildfires. … But the most immediate challenge for fuel technicians Matt Champa and Joe Parr, and their counterparts statewide, is getting the already-cut piles burned.

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‘Too few protections’ in forestry industry

Newstalk ZB
January 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The first forestry accident of the year has reignited concern over the industry’s safety. A forestry worker was airlifted to Nelson Hospital after losing control of some equipment yesterday. It comes as the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment rolls out a new Code of Practice for Forest Operations.

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South west VIC fires take forestry toll

ABC News, Australia
January 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The bushfires in southwest Victoria have burnt out more than 5000 hectares of pine plantations, with the biggest losses sustained by HVP and Green Triangle Forest Products.  HVP estimates the damage to some of their most valuable saw logs could exceed two million dollars, and says it’s lost around a quarter of the 20,000 hectares it owns around Dartmoor and Kentbruck.

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Forestry feels heat

Tasmania Examiner
January 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BUSHFIRES that continue to burn Tasmania are damaging the state’s struggling forestry industry.  Among the assets already lost is a family sawmill, plantations and thousands of hectares of state forest. Those in the industry say such losses may also have ramifications for a forest peace deal signed off last month, after almost three years of negotiations. Kelly’s mill in Dunalley was burnt to the ground in the fire that began in Forcett and continues to ravage the Tasman Peninsula.

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