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Daily Archives: January 21, 2013

Business & Politics

Premier predicts more jobs and market improvements for forest industry

Victoria Times Colonist
January 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. Premier Christy Clark said the province has to be ready with trained workers as the forestry sector bounces back with new Asian markets to help bolster the industry. She was talking optimistically and touting her jobs plan while addressing the Truck Loggers Association convention in Victoria today. …The premier got a warm welcome from the TLA and several Liberal MLAs were there to support her. “We stuck to our jobs plan — and it ain’t always sexy to do that … But our plan is working,” she told the convention members.

Christy Clark announces tax deal for logging contractors from The Vancouver Sun

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B.C. Lumber Truckers See Brighter Times Ahead

Today’s Trucking News
January 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — Things are looking up for B.C.’s long-suffering forest industry. The Americans are building more homes and Canadian west coast lumber is fetching its highest price since 2005. In fact, delegates at the 70th Annual B.C. Truck Loggers Convention in Victoria this week broke out in applause when B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Steve Thomson mentioned the price increase. The Minister also said the government was making more timber available for export, they’re cutting the fee for low- and mid-grade wood and boosting the export fee on some wood.

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Vaughn Palmer: Clark pushes NDP to spell out log-export plans before election

By Vaughn Palmer
Vancouver Sun
January 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — On the eve of Premier Christy Clark’s Friday address to the annual convention of the Truck Loggers Association, the New Democrats provided the Liberals with an irresistible opening for attack. Opposition critic Norm Macdonald was reacting to a government move to placate TLA concerns by increasing the amount of timber available for harvesting, offset by a 20-per-cent hike in fees to discourage log exports. “A bad move,” declared Macdonald, predicting that despite the supposed disincentive, the changes “will in fact make it easier to export raw logs.”

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Premier announces measures to support and protect logging contractors

BC Government
January 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Today Premier Christy Clark set in motion a $5-million fund to provide financial protection for forestry contractors, as well as announcing tax relief on previous compensation payments. “Our promise to logging contractors was to guarantee they receive payment for work performed, and to ensure fair tax treatment on earlier compensation,” said Premier Clark. “Today we’re honouring those commitments.. The compensation fund will strengthen payment protection for those who contract their services to forest sector companies.

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Two suspicious fires in Surrey overnight

One devastated a cedar mill, another was in an abandoned hotel
News1130
January 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

SURREY – An explosion and fire destroyed an outbuilding and some equipment at Fraserview Cedar Products on 144th Street and 65th Avenue. In that fire, an outbuilding was destroyed and some equipment was damaged. Surrey fire battalion chief Steve Zecchel says another fire at the Motel Bollywood on King George is also considered suspicious. “It’s under investigation. The RCMP are on scene. We have an inspector there now and when he’s finished he’ll turn it over the the RCMP.”

Surrey fire at cedar products firm probed as suspicious from The Province

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Mackenzie sawmill gets $40M investment from Canfor

Canadian Press
January 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Corp. plans capital improvement projects totalling about $40 million to increase productivity and recovery at its sawmill in Mackenzie The Vancouver-based forest products company says it will modify and upgrade the sawmill, kilns and planer. The work will start this month and is expected to be completed by November. “Our fibre supply in the Mackenzie region is strong and this announcement reflects confidence in our ability to operate an internationally competitive mill in this community,” president and CEO Don Kayne said on Friday.

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Explosion anniversary marked in B.C. memorial

CBC News
January 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A memorial was held in Burns Lake, B.C. Sunday to mark the one-year anniversary of the lumber mill explosion in the town that killed two people and injured 20. A year later, the Babine Forest Products sawmill might be gone, but the pain and memories are still vivid for the small town of just under 3,000 people. “The lights went out, a fireball came up, and the roof came down. All I could think about was, ‘get out,’” said mill worker Syd Neville, describing the explosion just days after the Jan. 20, 2012, tragedy.

Community marks anniversary of Babine Explosion from the Prince George Citizen

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Lumber Inventories Low, Some Species in Tight Supply

Woodworking Network
January 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The continuing recovery of the U.S. economy has fueled increased optimism in the U.S. hardwood industry.  …Hardwood sawmills have kept production steady, but wet weather in the North and South has hurt logging over the last few weeks. Most mills do have logs, but some will have to reduce operations in late Feb or Mar. Domestic lumber consumption continues to increase, with strong demand from flooring plants and rising demand from the kitchen cabinet sector.

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Analyst: At least one Wausau Paper mill on sale will close

Local officials fight to protect future of Mosinee plant
Central Wisconsin Business
January 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A paper industry analyst predicted Tuesday that at least one of the three Wausau Paper mills for sale is likely to close, and local leaders are trying to ensure that the Mosinee mill isn’t the one. Wausau Paper announced Friday that it is leaving the technical paper business and will sell its two Wisconsin mills and a mill in Minnesota. The three mills make paper used for packaging, the food industry, linings and masking tape. The mill in Mosinee employs about 400 people, Rhinelander has 447 workers and Brainerd, Minn., has 171 employees.

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Spanish pulp mills fed by domestic Eucalyptus fiber

Pulp and Paper News
January 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

European pulpmills imported much less Eucalyptus chips from Latin America during 2012, mainly because Spanish pulp mills reduced their reliance on relatively costly wood fiber from Uruguay dramatically, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Pulp mills in Spain have also paid less for domestic pulplogs the past year, resulting in substantially lower wood fiber costs in 2012 than the previous year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Best B.C. wood projects honoured

Journal of Commerce
January 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Four British Columbia projects have earned recognition at the 2012 North American Wood Design Awards. “The projects featured in this year’s awards program serve not only as examples of the unique capabilities of wood as a building material, but also as a reminder for the possibility of broader applications of wood in future projects,” explained Etienne Lalonde, vice-president of market development for the Canadian Wood Council. …An architectural jury based their selections on various considerations
such as creativity, appropriate use of wood materials in satisfying
clients’ building and site requirements, and innovative design.

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Certified Wood Sets Stage for President Obama’s Inauguration

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
January 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

The eyes of the world turn to Washington on Monday, as President Barack Obama takes the oath of office for his second term as President of the United States. And as he stands on this figurative world stage, he’ll also be standing on a sustainable stage, literally: the inaugural platform was constructed with lumber certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Standard. .

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Burgo to close Italy’s last newsprint mill

Pulp and Paper News
January 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Burgo Group recently announced the suspension of production at Mantova mill starting February 9th, 2013. Current production capacity of the plant is 150,000 tons/year of newsprint. The decision is due to the unsustainable impact of energy costs in Italy. Additional causes are European newsprint market overcapacity and raw materials costs.

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Sustainable Wood Buying Guide Available Online

Woodworking Network
January 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

WASHINGTON/GENEVA – The third edition of Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-Based Products has been released online by the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The freely-accessible guide, intended to help buyers source wood products from sustainably managed forests and improve forest management. The new edition reportedly incorporates the most up-to-date developments on the legality of forest products and new technological developments to control wood and paper supply chains and increase their transparency.

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Forestry

Small wood licences – big opportunity for the Kaslo area

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
BC Government
January 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KALSO – A new partnership is assisting community forests and small woodlot licence holders in the Kaslo area to identify new business opportunities. The area surrounding Kaslo and Meadow Creek is one of two B.C. regions receiving assistance under the Bridges II Program, a two-year initiative to promote collaboration between small-tenure holders and the value-added sector. Woodlot owners, the Kaslo and District Community Forest and the regional forestry industry have been engaged in efforts to make more fibre available to value-added operations in the Kaslo area.

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Logging contractors told tax relief on the way

Canadian Press
January 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark announced a break in a tax log jam Friday that has concerned British Columbia forest contractors since 2003 when the Liberals cut forest tenures in an industry-wide restructuring plan. Clark told delegates at the annual Truck Loggers Association convention on Friday that ongoing B.C. government lobby efforts on behalf of forest contractors convinced the federal government to forgive the tax hit many received during the restructuring. She said up to 190 forest con-tractors will get back $9 million in federal taxes.

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Mountain pine beetles threaten endangered whitebark pines

By Larry Pynn
Vancouver Sun
January 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Mountain pine beetles have hammered more than B.C.’s lodgepole pine forests – they’ve taken endangered whitebark pine trees, robbing Interior grizzly bears and other species of an important food supply. Slow-growing whitebark pine trees are rarer than lodgepole pine, grow at higher elevations, and produce cones with large seeds that form a food source for Clark’s nutcracker (which disperses them across the landscape), red squirrels, chipmunks, and pre-denning black bears and grizzlies. The latter species are of special concern in Canada.

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Governor wants to help Ore. timber industry by sharing wildfire costs with industry, state

Associated Press
January 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Oregon — For years, Oregon’s major timberland owners have felt they were paying too much of the cost of fighting wildfires, especially in years when blazes stayed relatively small. A bill in Gov. John Kitzhaber’s budget would allocate $3.6 million over the next two years to change the payment formula, so the state picks up a bigger share of the costs in years when fires don’t rage out of control. The proposal also would pay up to $6 million to keep two air tankers on call and other resources to keep minor wildfires from getting big and expensive.

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Lolo Forest: No more fixes needed on Seeley-area timber sale

by Rob Chaney
The MIssoulian
January 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Lolo National Forest officials believe they have answered the legal questions holding up the Colt-Summit forest project near Seeley Lake, which could mean new logging and restoration work this summer. But opponents of the highly publicized collaborative forest landscape project remain adamant the proposal will hurt endangered lynx and grizzly bears by failing to consider how it fits with other logging work in the area. “I have found no reason to further supplement, correct or revise my March 25, 2011, decision,” Lolo Forest Supervisor Debbie Austin wrote this week.

Forest Service moving ahead with Lolo timber project from Associated Press

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Supreme Court declines to hear forester’s appeal

Mississippi Business Journal
January 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Franklin County forester fired for opposing a logging plan pushed by the state. The Supreme Court let stand a ruling by the Court of Appeals which last year sided with the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The Appeals Court decision overturned a local judge’s ruling for Stephen Oglesby.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Great Bear Rainforest’s green gold

It was a bitter fight to preserve one of the world’s largest intact temperate rainforests, and the home of the sacred white spirit bear revered by First Nations.
Vancouver Sun
January 19, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

…The so-called Great Bear Rainforest has become part of the carbon economy.  First Nations are now earning money through carbon credits by reducing the amount they and forest companies are allowed to log as laid out by new B.C. laws. …Critics say the strange partnership in the Great Bear Rainforest between First Nations and the B.C. government (the province shares in the ownership of the credits) does not pass this additionality test.

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