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Daily Archives: January 23, 2013

Business & Politics

Interfor expands into U.S. with $80-million purchase

by Gordon Hamilton – Georgia sawmill deal positions firm to capitalize on American housing rebound
Vancouver Sun
January 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

International Forest Products announced Tuesday it is buying three sawmills in Georgia from American forest company Rayonier in a strategic move that gives the Vancouver-based forest company a base in the southern United States. …The three Rayonier mills will increase Interfor’s lumber capacity by 360 million board feet a year, to two billion board feet, and give it a more diversified product line at a time when lumber markets are in the early stages of what many analysts believe will be a five-year bull market.

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Tolko Industries: OSB plant in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan to open up soon

Lesprom Network
January 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Most of the clean-up operations have now been completed at Tolko Industries’ oriented strand board plant in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan following a fire that started in the bulk storage facility adjacent to the main facility around 3am local time on Friday, January 18, 2013. No one was injured, as the company said in a press release received by Lesprom Network. “The definite cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the origin is not dust or explosion related,” said Parker Snyder Tolko’s plant manager at Meadow Lake.

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Domtar layoffs could be $15-million hit

Early retirement and buyout packages needed to cushion economy, prof says
Kamloops Daily News
January 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Losing about a third of the Domtar workforce to layoffs could cost the local economy as much as $15 million a year, a Thompson Rivers University economics professor said Tuesday. In order to cushion that effect, the company could offer early retirement and buyout packages, said Peter Tsigaris. “It will hurt the local economy. You are losing skilled workers with high-paying jobs,” he said. The Daily News asked Tsigaris what impact the pending layoffs from Domtar shutting down one of its two mill operations at the Kamloops site will have on the region.

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Bizarre trans-Pacific scandal plagues Prince Rupert’s best hope

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

…The Skeena Cellulose pulp mill on Watson Island in Prince Rupert, once the economic lifeblood of the city, stopped production more than a decade ago, in 2001. But the people here haven’t been able to close the sad chapter in their history. The mill exists in a state of suspended animation because of a protracted legal dispute with its former owner, a Chinese businessman named Ni Ritao. And a bizarre scandal stretches from the Northern B.C. coast to the provincial legislature in Victoria and across the Pacific to the very top of China’s energy ministry in Beijing.

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Canfor shaking up head office

Prince George Citizen
January 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Corporate changes are underway at Canfor, but there will be no local direct impacts, according to officials at the forestry company. The pulp side of the business was split from the lumber side in 2006 into an income trust but now the two sides are reuniting. “The pulp side was spun out onto its own because of tax incentives, but those no longer exist,” said Canfor’s public affairs manager Corinne Stavness. “We are stronger operating under one corporate structure now, so that is what we are doing.”

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Wood-Mizer Announces Business Best Winners

Woodworking Network
January 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Wood-Mizer, the industry leader in portable and industrial sawmills, selected six sawmill companies as final winners of their bi-annual Business Best Contest for customers across the United States and Canada. …Wood-Mizer’s bi-annual Business Best contest recognizes customers who utilize top sawing practices and sound financial strategies to earn a living and a reputation as the best in the business.

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1 killed, 1 hurt in accident at York Co. paper plant

Herlad Online
January 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CATAWBA One man was killed and another suffered “minor irritation” Tuesday morning in an accident at the former AbitibiBowater plant, now called Resolute Forest Products, in Catawba. Investigators believe that three workers climbed into a decommissioned tank outside the plant’s main production area to perform maintenance at about 1:30 a.m., said Cotton Howell, director of York County Emergency Management. Officials speculate that while the workers were in the tank, some type of chemical might have leaked in, Howell said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Behind the myths of the paper industry

Pulp and Paper News
January 23, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The paper industry has always been the subject of many common misconceptions and to dispel some of these, UK’s Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Paper Myths and Facts: A Balanced View’. The booklet provides a factual and balanced view of the UK Paper Industry whilst promoting paper as a sustainable, renewable choice.

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Forestry

Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities moves ahead with Clearwater meeting

Clearwater Times
January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Clearwater is taking a lead role in developing the Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities initiative, according to Bill Bourgeois, the initiative’s coordinator. “I’d like to say the attendance today was phenomenal. I think the only other places where we’ve had this kind of attendance has been universities,” he said after a Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities forum held last Saturday in the Wells Gray Inn. More than 60 people attended, slightly more than took part in an initial forum in November, 2011.

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Forests being railroaded

Letter by Rick Berry
Prince George Citizen
January 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Soon hundreds of rail cars of raw logs a day will be leaving Mackenzie. I wonder where they are going? The Mackenzie forest district is huge with little pine. There are enough trees here to provide a fibre supply to most sawmills in Northern B.C. for the next decade or two. Transporting by rail now provides a cheap and efficient way to transport the logs to your mill. A guaranteed fibre supply for your mill for years to come means can keep your job, stay in your community and live with your family, instead of having to get retrained under the B.C. Jobs Program.

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Next generation of forestry workers honing skills in Port Alberni

CTV News
January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORT ALBERNI – A high school classroom in Port Alberni is taking education to the great outdoors. A handful of grade nine students at the Alberni District Secondary School have spent the year in the woods, learning the ins and outs of forestry and sustainable resources. The program, which started in 2008, is designed to gear students towards a career that will see more than 15,000 jobs open up in the next decade. The average age of a forestry worker in BC is 62.

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Hard to stop logging but city deserves more

Letter by Gerard Janssen
Alberni Valley Times
January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s doubtful that logging on the Hump can be stopped. However, let’s look at why it’s allowed in this day and age. … An age where the rest of the world is demanding certification of our forest products to ensure they are harvested in an ecological and sustainable way. …It is doubtful that the logging can be stopped. However, local government and the IWA/Steelworkers could at least demand that the trees that are harvested are processed at local facilities rather than shipped down island or, worse yet, exported.

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Extreme disappointment with Ministry of Natural Resources

Net News Ledger
January 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

KENORA – Extreme disappointment with Ministry of Natural Resources. “We have been working with the Ontario Forest Industries Association and forest companies for the past six years on this issue, and we firmly believe that the forest sector recommendation forwarded in the report is a necessary step in ensuring that the ESA does not have any unintended consequences” says David Canfield, Executive Vice President of Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association. Yet NOMA is being left on the sidelines as the Ministry of Natural Resources is studying how to implement the Endangered Species Act.

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Grant to help reforest state trust lands scorched in wildfire

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An Arbor Day Foundation grant will pay for 100,000 seedlings to reforest a portion of state trust lands in the Naneum Ridge State Forest, burned during the Table Mountain Fire last September. This is just the first step of many that will help regrow a healthier forest. The Table Mountain Fire damaged portions of 9000 acres of state trust lands in the Naneum. The wildfire burned so hot and fast that it scorched swaths of trees in its path.

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USFS: Forest merger off

Jackson Hole Weekly
January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – JH Weekly has learned that plans to further study the merit of merging the Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee national forests have been scrapped and any pursuit of that idea is officially dead. Sources inside the BTNF confirmed early Tuesday morning that a decision was made to reject plans to merge the two forests contained within Wyoming and Idaho.

USFS officials recommend against forest merger from Associated Press

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Corvallis legislator urges lawsuits over burned headwaters

Ravalli Republic
January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – Montana’s headwaters are being adversely impacted by the growing number of large wildfires burning on federal lands and it’s time for the state to do something about it, says Rep. Pat Connell, R-Corvallis. Connell will present a proposed joint resolution to the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday that will urge the state to sue the federal government to recover damages created by its land management and wildfire suppression policies in headwaters areas.

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Green split: forest activists attack Wilderness Society

Environmental groups outside the forestry peace deal are attacking the credibility of the Wilderness Society.
ABC News, Australia
January 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Fringe groups are angry about the society’s comments during an Upper House inquiry into the peace deal legislation.  The society’s Vica Bayley revealed he will travel overseas, asking customers of a timber veneer company to be patient while an end to the forest wars is being finalised.  He plans to meet customers of Ta Ann in Japan.  That has prompted Jenny Weber from the Huon Valley Environment centre to question whether the society cares about protecting the forests or supporting Ta Ann.

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Prosecutors take issue with Brazil’s new forestry code

Phys.org
January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brazil’s new forestry code—approved last year at the urging of the powerful agrobusiness sector—faced a constitutional challenge Tuesday from federal prosecutors afraid it threatens the Amazon rainforest. The prosecutors filed three actions against the legislation before the Supreme Court, demanding it be partially suspended on grounds it “reduces and abolishes areas previously viewed as protected,” a statement from their office said.

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European space agency to track forests worldwide

VentureBeat
January 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Irish forestry company Treemetrics has just signed a $1 million (800,000 EUR) deal with the European Space Agency to monitor forests all over the world. Treemetrics provides a 3D laser scanning system to accurately measure the height, straightness, taper, and volume of the trees in a section of forest. The European Space agency will combine the latest satellite data with Treemetrics’ ground-based forest information. 2D satellite images provide a bird’s eye view of huge areas of forest.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Great Bear Rainforest needs both protection and a new economy

by Valerie Langer – Opinion: Carbon credits generated from improved forests management meet the test
Vancouver Sun
January 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Recently there have been criticisms that the carbon stored in trees set aside from logging in the Great Bear Rainforest doesn’t meet the test to qualify for carbon offsets. …Having worked with all parties involved for the last 7 years to ensure full implementation of the Great Bear Rainforest milestones, we can attest that Ecosystem Based Management, including setting aside 700,000 hectares of rainforest by 2009 would not have happened without carbon revenue-sharing agreements between the province and First Nations.

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Forest biomass is an overlooked opportunity for change

THe Daily Barometer
January 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Forestry is a big part of Northwest economy, accounting for about 7 percent of Oregon’s economic output, according to oregonforests.org. Biomass is becoming an increasingly important aspect of the forestry industry, and has perhaps been overlooked as part of a solution to our energy and environmental woes. ….However, the initiative of companies such as Hermann Brothers Logging
and Construction Inc., in Port Angeles, Wash., has lead to biomass being
used in ways beneficial to both the forestry industry and the
environment.

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