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Daily Archives: January 22, 2013

Business & Politics

Sino-Forest extends date for restructuring

Canadian Press
January 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Sino-Forest Corp. said Monday it has extended the implementation date of its restructuring plan by nearly a week after it added another named third-party defendant and reduced its unresolved claims reserve. The Chinese forestry company that was driven into a Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act restructuring after it was accused of being a massive fraud said the plan will now be implemented on Wednesday. The company said another defendant has been added to the list of named third-party defendants under the plan.

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Interfor buys three Georgia sawmills from Rayonier for $80 million

Canadian Press
January 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

VANCOUVER – International Forest Products Ltd. has signed a deal to buy the assets of Rayonier Inc.’s wood products business including three sawmills in Georgia for $80 million, its first such deal in the U.S. southeast. The Vancouver-based company said the mills in Baxley, Swainsboro and Eatonton have a combined annual capacity of 360 million board feet of southern pine dimension lumber. “We have been looking for an opportunity in the Southeast for some time and consider this is an ideal time to proceed,” Interfor president and chief executive Duncan Davies said in a statement.

Rayonier sells Georgia wood products biz for $80m from Jacksonville Business Journal

Click here to read the press release from Interfor
Click here to read the press release from Rayonier

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A lumber boom that’s built to last

Globe and Mail
January 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Chris McIver no longer winces when he looks at a map of his company’s sawmills in British Columbia, Alberta and the U.S. Southeast.  With the pain dissipating from an era of low lumber prices, he has turned optimistic and is pleased to see West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.’s sawmills receiving a stream of orders from wholesalers and distributors. …After being a wallflower for what feels like an eternity, lowly lumber has finally joined the commodity party.

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Canada Housing Starts Trending Above 212,000 Units in 2012

Woodworking Network
January 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, ON — Canada’s housing start rate dipped below 200,000 for the first time in more than a year in December, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). CMHC said housing starts stood at a seasonally adjusted average rate of 197,976 in December, down 1.7% from 201,376 in November. CMHC also noted, however, that the six-month trend moving average indicated that Canada housing starts reached 212,282 units for the year.

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Kenora Forest Products hiring for June start

Expansion at Kenora forest products mill means company will likely hire additional workers
CBC News
January 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A rebound in parts of the forest industry means work for more than 100 people as Kenora Forest Products will re-open its sawmill in June. The mill will start up with a reduced workforce of about 50 people, before ramping up its production. Kenora’s economic development officer said a stronger lumber market allowed the mill to re-open. “The price of lumber has increased, the housing market is improving,” Jennifer Findlay said.

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Fort Frances councillors question future amid idling of mill

TB Newswatch
January 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FORT FRANCES, Ont. — The Idling of Resolute Forest Products in this community is starting to cause concern for the town’s council. Councillors are starting to raise question about the local wood supply and the kraft mill’s future. Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft says his biggest concern is how the town will move forward. “If the wood allotment is going to be held in Resolute’s hands and no benefit comes to the town of Fort Frances then that’s not good for Fort Frances,” Wiedenhoeft said during an interview with CKPR Radio.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Douglas Fir-Larch Design Values Confirmed

Building-Products.com
January 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Western Wood Products Association has completed testing of Douglas Fir-Larch lumber in cooperation with other western lumber agencies. Analysis of the 2012 test data indicates higher (+5.5%) bending strength, (+5.0%) tensile strength, and (+8.1%) stiffness properties than those established in the 1980s’ North American in-grade lumber testing program. The data has been submitted to the USDA Forest Products Laboratory for review.

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Wisconsin Wood Products Firms on Mission to China

Woodworking Network
January 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin wood products businesses interested in growing exports to China are invited to join a Business Development Mission to China this spring.  The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection wood products mission, March 24 – April 2, is also coordinated by the state’s Department of Natural Resources, its Economic Development Corporation and the American Hardwood Export Council, and funded by the SBA. “China is the number one importer of wood products from the United States,” said Jennifer Lu, a DATCP Economic Development Consultant.

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Soaking up the Eco-Sponge

The Dickinson Press
January 19, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Mark Mathis thinks his company has a system that could revolutionize how oil field wastes are dealt with in the Bakken and potentially render special waste landfills obsolete. …In a nutshell, this is how Eco-Sponge works: Confluence mixes a fiber product derived from beetle-killed trees with drill cuttings (basically, leftover oil well sludge) and associated drilling mud. Confluence tailors its product to the chemical makeup of each individual site before adding microbes and additives to promote the degradation of potential pollutants.

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Forestry

FP Letters to the Editor: Caribou threatened by logging

January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Peter Foster remains alarmed by Greenpeace’s science-based advocacy for responsible forestry and conservation in Canada. But his claims that woodland caribou are not “under any realistic threat” must be countered with the facts: listed as threatened by both the federal government and provincial governments across the country, this Canadian icon faces a very real and present danger. Resolute Forest Products’ logging and road building in off-limit areas under the now-defunct Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement is a particular threat, with rampant industrial activity in remaining caribou habitat.

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FP Letters to the Editor: Caribou threatened by logging

January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Peter Foster remains alarmed by Greenpeace’s science-based advocacy for responsible forestry and conservation in Canada. But his claims that woodland caribou are not “under any realistic threat” must be countered with the facts: listed as threatened by both the federal government and provincial governments across the country, this Canadian icon faces a very real and present danger. Resolute Forest Products’ logging and road building in off-limit areas under the now-defunct Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement is a particular threat, with rampant industrial activity in remaining caribou habitat.

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Expand milling capacity to keep jobs at home

Letter by Anthony Britneff
Victoria Times Colonist
January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forests Minister Steve Thomson failed to address a fundamental problem of the coastal forest industry driving log exports — the lack of investment in retooling existing mills and in building new milling capacity for second-growth timber. With competing economic value being placed on the ecological services that old-growth forests provide, such as purifying water, cleaning air (carbon) and conserving soil, any future increase in the number of jobs will be greatly leveraged upward by adding value in the manufacturing sector to the smaller volumes of timber being felled. .

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Island Timberlands suspends Hump logging

Alberni Valley Times
January 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Island Timberlands has decided not to start logging that was scheduled to begin today of a tree buffer on the south side of Highway 4 near the Hump….Cameron Connector (Loon Lake Main) after hearing feedback from concerned residents. “Two concerns stand out amongst the discussion on this topic: night-time temporary traffic interruptions for up to 12 days is inconvenient and significant changes to Highway 4’s vista is undesirable resulting from planned forest harvesting,” she said.

Critics say logging project comes too close to Alberni Highway from CTV News
Island Timberlands quits logging buffer along Highway 4 from Alberni Valley News
Island Timberland logging of Alberni Summit could denude the Hump from the Victoria Times Colonist
Island Timberlands delays plan to log Alberni summit in face of opposition from Victoria Times Colonist
Vigil planned today for start of logging on Alberni Valley’s Hump from Victoria Times Colonist

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Highlands East opposes MNR logging plans

Haliburton Echo
January 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The following are brief reports of items discussed at the Jan. 15 meeting of Highlands East council. The municipality is voicing its opposition to the Ministry of Natural Resources plan to log a 100-acre lot in Highlands East.  The property in question is Crown land, adjacent to Greenmantle Farm, owned by Mark and Sandra Bramham.  The couple has a 21-year mining lease on the Crown land, where they conduct guided mineral tours.  Mark made a delegation to council explaining his desire to protect the red oaks on the property he says are rare.

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USDA appoints new members to the forest resource coordinating committee

USDA Forest Service
January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Washington — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently appointed eight new members to the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee, which provides advice on private forestry and USDA’s programs that assist landowners in managing their forests to protect, conserve and enhance the values they produce. “The USDA Forest Resource Coordinating Committee’s new members will help us continue to make the right decisions for our rural communities, generating jobs, sustaining economic growth and conserving our working lands for future generations,” said Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman.

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Idaho looks at fighting feds for control of public lands

Associated Press
January 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE — Idaho may be the next Western state to pick a public lands fight with the federal government for control of millions of acres of forest, rangeland and mineral deposits within its borders.  Idaho lawmakers, motivated by the potential for new revenue and the appeal of having more authority over how those lands are managed, are gearing up to follow the lead taken by Utah and Arizona in 2012. Last year, Utah and Arizona approved measures demanding the federal government surrender control of millions of acres of land overseen by the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies.

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Bill would allow log trucks to be weighed on short Montana scales

The Missoulian
January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – With some help from the Montana Legislature, truck drivers hauling loads of national forest logs to Ron Porter’s Porterbilt Co. mill might shave an hour off their time. And save hundreds of dollars every week to boot. Under the current state law, they can’t weigh their loads at Porter’s mill south of Hamilton because his scale isn’t long enough to get a measure in one fell swoop. Porter’s 27-foot scale requires him to take two measurements to weigh the load on a logging truck.

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Mining lock out fears under peace deal

ABC News, Australia
January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Minerals Council wants Upper House MPs to consider the impact the forest peace deal on future mining projects. Details about the classification of proposed forest reserves have been given to Legislative Councillors as they scrutinise the deal to reduce native forest logging. Coloured maps tabled at the hearing show which classification protected forest areas will fall into, if the peace deal legislation is enacted.

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Forestry Corp rejects claims of environmental destruction

Northern Star
January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE Forestry Corporation of NSW has rejected claims by conservation groups that they are getting away with environmental destruction.  It comes after the recent release of figures which showed that during 2011-12, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) found that the corporation had breached its licences and relevant codes 634 times at the 39 sites the authority inspected. … “All of the non-compliances identified have been followed up and acted on,” Mr Busby said.

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‘Toothbrush Tree’ May Provide Successful Treatment for Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Medical Daily
January 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tuberculosis is the second deadliest infectious disease in the world, and the deadliest bacterial agent. In 2011, there were 8 million cases of the disease and over a million deaths. …However, researchers in South Africa believe that they may have found a new avenue toward fighting the deadly disease. Scientists looked at the South African toothbrush tree, the antibacterial properties from which are used for oral hygiene and to fight medical complaints as diverse as bronchitis and venereal disease.

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NEFA appalled by forest breaches

ABC News, Australia
January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The North East Forest Alliance has condemned the state government’s handling of forest industry breaches. The conservation group says the Environment Protection Authority found hundreds of breaches of Forest New South Wales licences last year. NEFA spokesman Dailan Pugh said the hundreds of breaches were found in just 39 logging operations state-wide and it is just the tip of the iceberg.  “They only assessed parts of 39 forestry operations and throughout NSW there’s 500-600 forestry operations per year,” he said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Opinion: Great Bear Forest Carbon Project offers prosperous future for Coastal First Nations

By Art Sterritt,
Vancouver Sun
January 21, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

…What might surprise many is that First Nations on B.C.’s Central and North Coast and Haida Gwaii are quietly emerging as leaders in the sales of carbon credits. The Great Bear Forest Carbon Project offers Coastal First Nations the potential for sustainable economic and social development while helping to conserve the largest and most ecologically significant temperate rainforest in the world. …The carbon industry is required to use independent accounting firms to validate and verify the volume of carbon tonnes that can be sold. Stantec and KPMG were commissioned to independently validate and verify the carbon tonnes in the Great Bear Rainforest.

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