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Daily Archives: January 16, 2013

Business & Politics

Europe, Asia, U.S. won’t aid Canada much in ’13

By Jock Finlayson
Troy Media
January 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

As Canadian consumers and businesses gear up for 2013, they should be anxiously watching developments in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Canada’s prospects over the next 12 months depend heavily on how events unfold in these regions, which account for the lion’s share of international economic activity. .. After an epic slump, housing prices have bottomed and are now climbing in many urban markets. Residential investment is on the rise, with housing starts on track to reach 900,000 this year – a trend that is buoying Canada’s lumber industry.

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Catalyst Paper: Beaten to a pulp but still standing

Business in Vancouver
January 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West


The year just ended was a good one for most of B.C.’s forest industries. The lumber sector entered a “supercycle” created by increasing demand in the U.S., a shrinking timber supply and subsequent increasing lumber prices. But B.C.’s other forest industries – pulp and paper mills – had a tougher go of it, and none had it as tough as Catalyst Paper Corp., which makes newsprint and specialty paper. Struggling under an $800 million debt and falling demand for newsprint, the Richmond-based paper maker was forced into creditor protection and liquidation of some of its assets.

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Catalyst Paper targets Latin America as export market

Globe and Mail
January 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A streamlined Catalyst Paper Corp. is keen to expand its exports to Latin America. “Latin America is squarely in our target sights, and I’m headed down there the first week of April to meet with a lot of strategic buyers. We are going to expand paper exports in Latin America to beat the band,” Catalyst chief executive officer Kevin Clarke said in an interview Tuesday. “We have a sizeable presence in Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, some in Brazil and Mexico, too.”

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Fatal mill fire recommendations focus on dust

BC Safety Authority issues 9 recommendations about wood dust
Canadian Press
January 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. safety agency has urged changes for sawmill owners and to the fire and electrical codes in an effort to mitigate the risks posed by explosive levels of wood dust and to avoid the kind of explosion that killed two mill workers last year. The BC Safety Authority, which oversees the safe installation and operation of equipment and administers B.C.’s Safety Standards Act, made nine recommendations in a report Tuesday about wood dust.

BC Safety Authority makes recommendations after Babine blast from Prince George Citizen
New Safety rules set for sawmills from BC Local News

Click here to read the press release from BC Safety Authority

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“I’m a Lumber Truck and I’m Okay!”

Today’s Trucking
January 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA, BC. — British Columbia truckers are happy to report that the coastal forestry sector is thriving again and a whole bunch of people are gathering in Victoria this week to celebrate that fact. From Wednesday to Friday, the province’s 425 independent forest contractors (representing some 15,000 workers) and their suppliers will meet to discuss the past, present and future for this most important sector. Not only will The B.C. Truck Loggers Association (TLA) be toasting a measurable revitalization of the forestry business, they’ll be celebrating the TLA’s 70th Anniversary.

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Hire lawyer for NewPage pensioners, leader urges

Pensioners told they owe combined $5 million in pension overpayments
CBC News
January 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A former union leader at the NewPage Port Hawkesbury mill says the current union should do more to help pensioners who were recently told they may each have to pay back thousands of dollars in pension overpayments. … “I’m saying the union should represent the unionized brothers and sisters that are now facing financial devastation,” Forsyth told CBC News.

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Babine Forest Products Looking Over Safety Authority Recommendations

HQ Prince George
January 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Babine Forest Products has received a report from the BC Safety Authority on what changes need to happen to prevent a mill explosion such as the one in Burns Lake last year. Babine Forest Products issued a statement today saying they need to look over the report that gives recommendations to lessen the chance of a mill explosion. While not commenting on what the recommendations are the company says they support the safety authority’s ways to address safety.

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Douglas Fir, More Lumber Prices to Rise

Woodworking Network
January 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

CHARLOTTE, NC – Log prices in the Pacific Northwest are climbing back to pre-recession levels, according to Forest2Market. The group cites housing’s recovery and export lumber growth as contributing factors to the growth. November lumber prices were $100 per thousand board feet (MBF) above their November 2011 level. In 2013, Forest2Market projects a number of species prices rising, including Douglas fir, which it projects will reach into the mid-$600s by the end of the first quarter.

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The Real “Growth” Industry: Timber 101

Daily Finance
January 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Hiking through a forest may be the last thing you think about when it comes to investments. The woods are probably the place you go to for a break from the financial, and technologically driven, world. But then those green leaves shimmering in the sunlight start to remind you of money. And you wonder, perhaps, if the forest is the perfect place to invest after all. Is timber a good investment? Let’s cut through the underbrush to find out.

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Jobs lost as plywood firm gives way

ABC News, Australia
January 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Workers at an Adelaide plywood firm face a four-month wait for entitlements after the company was placed in the hands of administrators. Brown Wood Panels at Camden Park made plywood products for the construction industry and has distributors interstate. The company went into voluntary administration on Thursday when its 47 workers were told they had lost their jobs. The workers met with administrators this morning and were told they would not get their entitlements for at least 16 weeks.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood in Communities

Naturally Wood
January 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

 
Naturally Wood has released three new videos profiling how wood construction has been used in three BC communities.

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Pine Beetle Woodworker Wins Big in Ketel One Competition

Woodworking Network
January 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

DENVER – Woodworker and Azure Furniture founder Corbin Clay has been named the winner in the Gentleman’s Call competition for socially responsible business ventures. Cited for making beetle-kill pine furnishings trendy, and helping the wood industry and the environment, Clay wins $100,000 for his business model of building heritage furniture from beetle-kill pine. The contest is run by GQ magazine and Ketel One Vodka. Clay, who was also featured in the Wall St. Journal for popularizing the blue cast wood, says the publicity and exposure have had an impact on his business.

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Forestry

Greenpeace urges logging ban in five Boreal forest areas

Globe and Mail
January 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Greenpeace Canada is urging logging companies to halt operations in five Boreal forest areas. “The endangered forest areas are Quebec’s Broadback Valley and Montagnes Blanches forests, the Kenogami-Ogoki and the Trout Lake-Caribou forests in Ontario, and the Boreal Gem in central Manitoba,” Greenpeace said in a statement Wednesday. Greenpeace launched its campaign nearly six weeks after it withdrew from a conservation pact called the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA).

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Castle logging opponents to hold rally Sunday

Calgary Herald
January 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A rally will be held in Beaver Mines on Sunday to protest logging in the Castle wilderness area.  Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development had granted a licence to Cochrane-based Spray Lakes Sawmills to cut 760 hectares of forest in southwestern Alberta in a three-year deal. …But the ad hoc Stop Castle Logging group wants the province to permanently cancel the plan and review all logging on the Eastern Slopes, an environmentally significant area that is home to several threatened species, including grizzly bears.

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Firefighters in demand

Prince George Citizen
January 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More firefighters are wanted to protect B.C.’s forests. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has issued a call for applications to improve the already successful pool of forest firefighters. B.C. has one of the most renowned forestry fire responders in the world, and the campaign is on now to have an even better crew at the ready when the 2013 burning season opens in spring. “[The ministry] is recruiting physically fit, motivated and team-orientated individuals,” said provincial fire information officer Alyson Couch.

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Editorial: Governor adds voice as eastside forest ally

Blue Mountain Eagle
January 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Eastsiders like to protest that they are ignored in Portland and Salem, and there’s probably more than a skosh of truth to the lament. Yet that wasn’t the case last week, as Grant County and the dry eastside forests got a strong plug from Gov. John Kitzhaber. Speaking to the Oregon Board of Forestry on Jan. 9, the governor made a pitch for more active management of our federal forests. …In short, he was singing our song – that we can make the federal forests more resilient through active management. And he stressed his belief that Oregonians can lead the discussion, even if the lands are federal.

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ACES puts forest health in the spotlight

Its mission: Public awareness, helping shape policy
The Aspen Times
January 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ASPEN — The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies won’t be getting out of the woods any time soon. Nor does it want to. Since absorbing the mission of former local nonprofit group For the Forest a year ago, ACES has been busy with more than its hallmark slate of ecology and natural-sciences educational programs for children and adults. ..And ACES has developed a four-minute, animated short film, “What’s Happening in Our Forest?” to raise awareness about forest-health issues among the public and policymakers.  Click here to view the video.

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BLM proposes logging near Boulder River

Billings Gazette
January 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments while developing an environmental assessment to log and set prescribed fires on 960 acres of land between the Boulder and East Boulder river drainages, about 25 miles southwest of Big Timber. A presentation by BLM specialists about the project will be provided at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Boulder River Watershed Association meeting at the McLeod school. The BLM is proposing to set prescribed fires, log to remove insect- and disease-damaged timber before it loses marketable value and reduce the conifer encroachment.

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MLCs raise more forestry future fears

ABC News, Australia
January 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There are already calls for more information about each forestry area marked for protection under Tasmania’s forestry peace deal, just days after they were defined. Tasmania’s Upper House is investigating legislation crucial for the deal to reduce native forest logging. …Elwick MLC Adriana Taylor says she is worried there will not be enough wood to fill the industry’s sawlog quota of 137,000 cubic metres. “I’m just concerned that if 137,000 is not, doesn’t provide a viable industry then the agreement is going to fall over in the end.”

Forest Inquiry Delays video from ABC News, Australia

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Greens call for forest fund spending on bushfire prevention

ABC News, Australia
January 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Greens are calling for money tied to Tasmania’s forest peace deal to be spent on more fuel reduction burns in bushfire-prone areas. …The Greens oppose regeneration burns carried out by the forest industry, but Senator Whish-Wilson says the Parks and Wildlife Service is under-resourced and federal funding set aside to implement the forest peace deal could be invested in a state-wide fuel reduction plan to protect communities.

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