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Daily Archives: January 30, 2013

Business & Politics

Wood Pellet Exports from N. America to Europe Up Over 70%

Wood Resources International press release
January 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Seattle, USA. Pellet exports from the two primary pellet-producing regions on the North American continent, the US South and British Columbia, continued to increase in the 3Q/12 and reached a new record of 860,000 tons. Shipments in the 3Q/12 were over 70 percent higher than the same quarter in 2011, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review, which compiles and publishes pellet trade based on customs data and surveys of pellet exporters each quarter.

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Domtar workers to vote on package

Kamloops Daily News
January 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A transition plan for Domtar workers facing layoffs will go to a vote by 300 union members on Thursday. “We’ve put forward a proposed offer with respect to an adjustment plan,” said Bonny Skene, spokeswoman for the corporation. “The intent of the plan is to try to minimize the impact on employees.” Dictated by the B.C. Labour Relations Code, the plan applies to workers who are part of a collective agreement with workers signed last October before Domtar announced in December that it planned to shut down its A-line pulp machine.

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Two MDI public meetings this week

Energetic City
January 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MDI will be the talk of the town this week, as residents prepare for two public meetings in a row. Peace Valley OSB has applied to use the new resin in the production of its oriented strand boards, and both concerned citizens and the mill itself are holding meetings tonight and tomorrow. …The first meeting is a follow up to a public meeting held in December, when members of the public expressed their worries about past health issues, as well as concerns that they felt they were told MDI would not be used when the plant was originally built.

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Profits fall at International Paper

Post Star
January 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — International Paper saw its bottom line shrink by about 40 percent in 2012 from prior-year profits, in part due to restructuring charges and acquisition costs related to the purchase of a rival paper company. Pricing pressures were also evident among several of the company’s business sectors, including its Printing Papers Division. Net income for the year fell from $1.3 billion in 2011 to $794 million last year, according to a report issued by the company Tuesday.

International Paper ‘not an M&A story’, says CEO from Food Production Daily

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Lakes group challenges Domtar permit renewal

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
January 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ROME — A citizens group working to improve the water quality of the Wisconsin River has challenged the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ renewal of a wastewater permit for a local papermaker. The Petenwell and Castle Rock Stewards filed a petition against the DNR, saying the agency must consider the impact of phosphorus discharges into the river as well as downstream lakes before renewing permits for Domtar Corp., which operates a paper mill in Nekoosa, according to a PACRS news release.

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Forestry

Wildlife advocates say more should have been done to protect owls

Nanaimo Daily News
January 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province has undertaken a cull and removal program of barred owls in certain parts of the province in an effort to help a rarer, more vulnerable species of owl, but some Nanaimo wildlife enthusiasts and workers have their doubts. … Ryan Cathers, a local bird watcher and biology undergraduate at Vancouver Island University, said the plight of the northern spotted owl has been years in the making, thanks to clear-cut logging of old-growth forest.

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Nothing sneaky here

by Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources
The Province
January 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I’m writing in response to Ben Parfitt’s speculative and misleading Jan. 27 op-ed about upcoming proposed forestry legislation.  Here are the facts: On Aug. 15, the bipartisan committee on timber supply released its unanimous report after visiting 15 communities and reviewing over 650 submissions. One of its recommendations was to enable the conversion of volume-based forest licences to area-based forest licences. …To reiterate: a public commitment in response to a public report, with public consultation needed before implementation – certainly not sneaky in my books.

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Award honors two of DNR’s finest forest health program employees

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
January 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Yesterday, the U.S. Forest Service presented Aleksandar Dozic and Glenn Kohler their Regional Forester’s 2012 Team Award for Excellence in Safety and Health. This award recognized state and federal employees who work on the forest health cooperative annual aerial survey. Such surveys have been conducted in the Pacific Northwest with the cooperation of state and federal partners since 1948 without a serious accident.

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Pointing the way to pine beetle control, but at what cost?

Dartmouth scientists study pine beetle population dynamics
Summit County Voice
January 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — Dartmouth scientists say they may have found a pathway to keeping pine beetles in check, showing that their populations fluctuate between extremes, with no middle ground. …According to the new study, forest managers might be able to keep pine beetle populations at the low end of the scale by boosting competitor and predator beetle populations — but they don’t address how that could affect the overall equilibrium of forest ecosystems, especially those where older trees need a change agent like bark beetles to spur regeneration.

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Superior urban logging company gets a national TV nod

Duluth News Tribune
January 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A struggling Superior business is set to be featured on a reality TV show, national exposure its owners said they hope will attract the attention of an investor with a similar passion for old-growth white pine. Old Globe Reclaimed Wood Co., the urban logging company that has been disassembling the Globe grain elevator complex in Superior since 2006, is on this season of the History Channel series “Ax Men.” …We have a pretty compelling story,” said Judy Peres, CEO of Old Globe, the company in which she and her partner David Hozza have invested time, energy and money for years.

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Competing goals apparent in new policy on old forest

Minnesota Public Radio
January 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Officials at the state Department of Natural Resources are setting aside a 20-year-old forest management policy that delays logging operations on some parcels of land to ensure that up to 15 percent of state forests grow old. At the same time, the DNR officials are placing boreal owls and northern goshawks on a list of species of special concern because of projected habitat loss in that same older forest ecosystem. The conflicting decisions point to competing missions at the DNR, which manages about four million acres of forest.

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