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Daily Archives: January 10, 2013

Business & Politics

Burned Sino-Forest investors squabble among themselves

Globe and Mail
January 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Big investors who lost billions when Sino-Forest Corp. collapsed amid fraud allegations are at odds over a massive proposed settlement reached with the company’s former auditors, Ernst & Young LLP. The class-action lawyers who brokered the tentative deal and those acting for a group of investment funds who oppose it are both vying for support from burned investors in the company ahead of a hearing next month, when the settlement goes before an Ontario Superior Court judge in Toronto for approval.

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EACOM Timber Corporation Announces the Formation of a Special Committee to Conduct a Strategic Review Process

Canada Newswire press release
January 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL and VANCOUVER, – EACOM Timber Corporation) today announced that the Board of Directors of the Company has established a special committee of independent directors to consider strategic alternatives that may be available to the Company with the objective of seeking to maximize shareholder value. The Company has been presented with a number of opportunities. The mandate of the Special Committee is to review these and other opportunities and recommend a strategic course of action to the Board.

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Residents fight mill’s bid to use potentially toxic resin

CBC News
January 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents in a small northeastern B.C. community are fighting a mill’s plan to use a potentially toxic resin to manufacture particle board. Peace Valley Oriented Strand Board is applying to the Ministry of Environment to use methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, or MDI, at its factory in Baldonnel, near Fort St. John. . …Cushway and others who live near the factory are concerned about the potential health impacts. But Ian Coote, the company’s general manager, says there are safe thresholds for using MDI.

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Lumber mills see signs of hope

Chronicle Journal
January 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

This could be the turnaround year that finally sees idle lumber mills in Longlac, Nakina and Dubreuilville reopen.  Industry watchers say there could be some good news this spring, providing lumber prices and renewed demand from traditional U.S. markets remain stable.
“Keep your eyes and ears open for some announcements,” Ginoogaming First Nation economic development officer Adolph Rasevych advised Tuesday from the Longlac-area community.

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Wood products & home construction bucks bad economy

Oregon Natural Resource Report
January 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Continued strength in wood products and home construction, against a backdrop of a continued sluggish economy. Four-year market trends of lumber, logs, housing, and mortgage statistics are shown below. …Stud prices, and other wood building product prices, have been strengthening since October. Outside of a brief spike in 2012, the studs are the strongest since 2006.

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Sylvan Products wins an option year to supply lumber to the military

The Oregonian
January 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Portland’s Sylvan Products Inc. was awarded a second option year to supply dimensional lumber such as two-by-fours to the military, the Defense Department said this week. The company is one of four operating under a continuing contract to supply lumber to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and civilian agencies, said an official with the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support command.

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Canfor Southern Pine expanding in S.C.

GSA Business
January 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Lumber manufacturer Canfor Southern Pine announced Wednesday plans to expand its existing production facility in Horry County. The $3.6 million investment is expected to generate 56 new jobs. Canfor plans to install a continuous kiln system to increase its lumber-drying capacity by 50%, according to a news release. The expansion is expected to be complete by mid-July. The company chose the Palmetto State to expand its operations because of the quality of workforce, said Canfor’s human resources director Debbie Sand.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Two Sides publishes open letter to Google

January 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Two Sides, an independent, non-profit organization created to promote the responsible production of print and paper, has sent an open letter has been sent to Mr. Eric Schmidt of Google in response to the Go Paperless 2013 campaign. The letter highlights Two Sides’ concerns that Google and others are trying to promote their services as environmentally preferable to print and paper whereas there is significant evidence that electronic communication, and Google’s activities in particular, carry a significant and increasing environmental footprint.

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Two Sides publishes open letter to Google

January 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Two Sides, an independent, non-profit organization created to promote the responsible production of print and paper, has sent an open letter has been sent to Mr. Eric Schmidt of Google in response to the Go Paperless 2013 campaign. The letter highlights Two Sides’ concerns that Google and others are trying to promote their services as environmentally preferable to print and paper whereas there is significant evidence that electronic communication, and Google’s activities in particular, carry a significant and increasing environmental footprint.

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Forestry

What Business Needs from the Next BC Government

Truck Loggers Association
January 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada


With an election on the horizon in B.C., business people are waiting to see what the next government’s focus, policies and programs are going to be. The Truck Loggers Association is helping to provide some answers. Four industry advocates will share their views in a panel at the upcoming TLA convention. Are policy makers disconnected from the industrial base that supports our economy? Do municipal governments see taxpayers as limitless ATMs? Will the province find a way to address the undercut of the AAC? Join Phil Hochstein, Nick Arkle, Jock Finlayson and Dwight Yochim as they address these questions and more— January 16, 2013 at the Victoria Conference Centre.

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WV groups cautiously OK old-growth plan

Municipality improves mapping, consultation
North Shore News
January 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

TWO of the North Shore’s most active environmental stewardship groups are praising the District of West Vancouver for making good on its promise to prevent another accidental cutting of old growth trees in the district. But the Old Growth Conservancy Society and West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society say they have to keep the district’s feet to the fire since numerous fail-safes didn’t work when district contractors mistakenly cut down a stand of old growth trees – some of them upwards of 700 years old – on the steep banks of Black Creek for a water infrastructure project in 2011.

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Turns out we are the fat cats

Pension funds turn us all into investors of logging goliaths
Vancouver Sun
January 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The dispute over logging on Cortes Island will sound familiar to anyone who has followed the war in the woods in this province over the past three decades. A logging company wants to cut down trees on land it owns. The local residents, inspired by the no-doubt well-founded belief that their home is a special place and backed by environmental groups opposed to any cutting, are trying to keep the forest intact. …The Goliaths aren’t despoilrs from afar; they are us.

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Caribou decline raises alarm

Group calls for logging moratorium; ministry says survey data don’t necessarily show collapse
Kamloops Daily News
January 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alarmed by what it sees as a collapse of the mountain caribou herd, a local group is calling for a moratorium on logging in the upper Clearwater valley. Yet a government wildlife manager questioned on Monday whether the southern Wells Gray herd is collapsing or simply in decline along with other B.C. herds. The Wells Gray World Heritage Committee insists that the ministry’s own population estimates show a marked decline in the southern herd.

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Resource Forum Looks to Seize Opportunities

250 News
January 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- It has been ten years since the BC Natural Resource Forum first appeared in Prince George and it makes a return today. It started as a opportunity to bring together different natural resource players in a networking forum so they could share issues and concerns .  …Bell says those controversial headlines have been the signature of the forum “It is not a managed political forum where we only want good news. We want the reality of what’s going on out there, that’s why you invite controversial speakers.”

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Pine beetle infesting new B.C. tree species

CBC News
January 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The mountain pine beetle is on the move to higher elevations and threatening new species of trees and entire sensitive forest ecosystems, according to a new study. …Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say the bug is now attacking whitebark pine forests in the northern Rockies in the western U.S. and B.C. “These whitebark stands are very fragile, high elevation ecosystems. Very slow growing tree,” said Ken Raffa, who led the study.

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Exit interview: Jamie Damon hopes timber, transparency reforms stay a priority for Clackamas County

The Oregonian
January 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

What are you most proud of accomplishing during your time in office?  “One is to have Clackamas County recognized at a statewide level as a timber county, and my participation on the timber task force. I was able to reverse a trend where the county had really stepped away from management of its own resources and recognize how dependent we are on timber as a county.

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Gov. Kitzhaber says state should step up to break logging deadlock in federal forests (with video)

Statesman Journal
January 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. John Kitzhaber said Oregon should step up to help break the deadlock over logging on federal forests, which account for 60 percent of Oregon’s total. Kitzhaber spoke this morning to the Oregon Board of Forestry, which he has asked to offer a statement to Oregon’s congressional delegation and other federal officials about how forest issues should be resolved. “The status quo does not work,” he said. “The sooner we can change that, the better off Oregon is going to be.”

Kitzhaber urges board to lead federal forest discussion from Capital Press

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Milder temperatures reduce wildfire danger in south Australia but scores of blazes still burn

Associated Press
January 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

COOMA, Australia – Record temperatures across southern Australia cooled Wednesday, reducing the danger from scores of raging wildfires but likely bringing only a brief reprieve from the summer’s extreme heat and fire risk. Australia had its hottest day on record Monday with a nationwide average of 40.33 degrees Celsius (104.59 degrees Fahrenheit), narrowly breaking a 1972 record of 40.17 C (104.31 F). Tuesday was the third hottest day at 40.11 C (104.20 F). Four of Australia’s hottest 10 days on record have been in 2013.

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Forestry industry faces millions of dollars worth of damage

The Border Watch
January 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE forestry industry is facing multi-million dollar losses after bushfires swept through more than 1200 hectares of pine plantations in southwest Victoria over the past few days. Although losses are currently estimated to be more than $2m, Green Triangle Forest Products (GTFP) managing director Laurie Hein yesterday said the figure was a conservative guess. “We are still actively fighting fires and will not be able to assess the exact loss for weeks to come,” Mr Hein said.

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Sawmiller who warned of fire danger loses mill (radio)

ABC News, Australia
January 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Dunalley sawmiller, Ike Kelly, has had his mill burnt out by the bushfire that has destroyed more than a hundred properties including the Dunalley Primary School. Mr Kelly was on AM just last week warning that uncertainty about the future of the timber industry was causing wood to pile up at his mill creating a fire hazard. Mr Kelly says it’s all gone up in smoke – leaving three generations of the same family who work at the mill without a job – and several of his children have also lost their homes in the blaze.

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