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Daily Archives: February 1, 2013

Business & Politics

Domtar profit falls sharply

Globe and Mail
February 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Domtar Corp.’s fourth-quarter profit fell sharply on weak pulp and paper prices and higher energy and fibre costs. …“Our paper and pulp businesses performed largely in-line with expectations from a sales standpoint in the fourth quarter. Higher costs for fibre and energy and unexpected costs incurred at a pulp mill following a planned maintenance outage affected results,” president and chief executive officer John Williams said in a news release Friday.

Domtar Q4 profit hit by higher costs: CEO from the Canadian Press

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China’s corruption crackdown hones in on BC pulp mill

Globe and Mail
February 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A long-abandoned pulp mill in Prince Rupert, B.C., has become a focal-point for the Chinese government’s sweeping efforts to crack down on corruption.  . …But the scandal has reached mainland China and the very top of one of the country’s most important ministries. Mr. Ni is in custody and being investigated by the Chinese government for an alleged bank fraud scheme relating to the Skeena mill, according to sources and documents obtained by The Globe.

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Resolute Forest Products to build $50M Atikokan sawmill

More than 90 jobs to be created in the Atikokan area
CBC News
January 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Resolute Forest Products will build a new sawmill in the Atikokan area, according to Resolute president and CEO Richard Garneau. The mill will employ about 90 people, with additional indirect jobs related to hauling lumber and residual chips. …”We believe in our solid wood business and are taking action to grow and improve it,” Garneau said. “The new random-length sawmill will complement our existing lumber product mix in Ontario.”

New Mill from the TB News Watch

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Mill woven into fabric of community

Abbotsford Mission Times
January 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Yes, it’s a typical day at the mill commonly known as Hammond Cedar, but it’s a vital day for the community’s economy. That’s because each day Hammond Cedar operates, it provides employment for 165 workers. “We have lots of employees who are second generation, and we have third-generation employees, where it’s been in their family for years,” Bax said. …Today, Hammond Cedar is the world’s largest western red cedar mill by capacity. The mill accounts for 15 per cent of the production of cedar on the planet and 80 per cent of the sales are generated in North America, with 20 per cent of output exported around the world.

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Hudson Mill Back In Operation

CKDR.net
February 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

he Hudson Mill is back in operation. Sioux Lookout Mayor Dennis Leney says the McKenzie Forest Products mill is up and running and trucks are hauling green logs into the mill. The mill is operating with a skeleton crew, but Leney notes the mill is expected to employee 100-plus people in May or late June. The mill has been closed since 2008, with a very brief stint on-line in 2010. Leney says it’s great news for the community and stresses the future looks bright.  END

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Tembec says Temiscaming upgrade could be helped by lower metal prices

Canadian Press
January 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Tembec says a pullback in metal prices that prompted mining companies to slow down huge expansion projects in Quebec could help reduce mounting construction costs for the “game changing” Temicaming upgrade at its speciality cellulose mills. The Quebec-based forest products company has put its most expensive capital spending project in years up for rebidding after high submissions forced it to delay construction last September.

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Interfor’s purchase of Springer Creek wood supply gives unionized workers partial severance

The Nelson Daily
January 31, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A deal is pending for International Forest Products, Ltd (Interfor) to acquire Springer Creek’s wood supply which means the mill’s unionized workers would have some cash in their pockets. An overwhelming majority of United Steelworkers Local 1-405 signed a memorandum of settlement January 3 that they would accept 75 percent of the severance owed them since the mill closed indefinitely in 2011.

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What’s Housing’s Impact on Lumber Prices? (Video)

Bloomberg Businessweek
January 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Jan. 29 — Forest Economic Advisors’ Paul Jannke discusses the impact of the housing market in lumber prices. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Lunch Money.”

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Legal battle looms over Gunns plantations

ABC News, Australia
February 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Administrators for the collapsed timber company Gunns have raised the prospect of legal battles over the ownership of thousands of hectares of timber plantations. Hundreds of land owners in several states received regular rental payments for managed investment schemes marketed by Gunns, until the company went into administration in September. Now administrators PPB Advisory have told most landholders they have no prospect of receiving rent for land used in the schemes.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood Tech 21 pushes for local forestry centre

Alberni Valley Times
January 31, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Wood Tech 21 president and former mayor Gillian Trumper asked council to send a letter of support for a proposal the group has for North Island College. Wood Tech 21 would like to have the college establish the Culture of Wood Institute at the Port Alberni campus. The institute would serve to advance forestry programs and applied research for NIC. NIC already does research at its Campbell River campus, as well as having a large trade and building centre at its Courtenay campus.

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The art of complex woodwork and the Ivey School of Business

Daily Commerical News
February 4, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

In many respects the construction of the 122,000-square-foot-second phase of the Ivey School of Business on the campus of the University of Western Ontario defies the rules of convention. …Interior finishing has been even more complex — particularly the woodwork and associated details. The wood materials have been supplied by JG Custom Woodworking Inc., most in raw form, and custom built on site by Architectural Millwork & Door Installations Inc., of London, Ont., which has been contracted for rough and finish carpentry.

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Forestry

Pine beetle attacks alter climate over Canadian forests

EarthSky.org
January 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Over the past decade, an unprecedented outbreak of mountain pine beetles has killed off large tracts of pine forest in British Columbia. Scientists studying the outbreak have found that summer temperatures over affected areas of the forest have risen by 1ºC. The research was published in the January 2013 issue of Nature Geoscience. …While scientists and natural resource managers are well aware of the adverse impacts that pine beetle outbreaks can have on forest health, the new study published in Nature Geoscience suggests that impacts from pine beetles may also extend to changes in regional climate patterns.

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Pending oil and gas leases threaten caribou, Alberta Wilderness Association says

Edmonton Journal
January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – The Alberta government is in the process of leasing about 6,400 hectares within the range of the province’s most endangered caribou herd. …“When it comes to these leases, it seems as though we have an on-demand system and government does whatever industry asks,” said Carolyn Campbell, a conservation specialist with the Alberta Wilderness Association. …Scientists estimate 95 per cent of the habitat within the range of the herd has been affected by forestry operations and oil and gas activities.

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End habitat destruction to save endangered species

Letter by Trevor Jones
Vancouver Sun
February 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Scientists have warned for decades that the endangered northern spotted owl would become extirpated in Canada unless sufficient habitat were protected. This has not been done, and the owls are now on the brink of extirpation. As the article indicates, the prognosis for success of the government’s approach – captive breeding and release of spotted owls and culling of barred owls – is not promising. …Meanwhile, logging continues in spotted owl habitat.

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NM forester appointed to national committee

Associated Press
February 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico Forester Tony Delfin has been appointed to a national committee that focuses on wildfires, natural disasters and other forest public policy matters. Delfin will join seven new members on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Resource Coordinating Committee. His term will last from one to three years. The committee is made up of foresters, wildlife specialists and conservation experts from across the country.

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Burke applies for heritage status despite no forest deal

Tasmania Examiner
January 31, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ANOTHER 170,000 hectares of forest could be added to Tasmania’s World Heritage Area without a lasting forest peace deal. … If approved by an international committee in June, that would become the largest tract of Tasmanian land added to the World Heritage List in 20 years. …“We’d strongly prefer that the (forests) legislation had passed before this World Heritage Area nomination had to be considered . . . (but) the nomination must be progressed right now, or the whole agreement could be at risk,” Ms Giddings said.

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Judge slams Coromandel forestry offending

Voxy
February 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Rotorua forestry company and a Coromandel forestry contractor have been fined more than $50,000 in total for carrying out forest harvesting unlawfully at a remote Coromandel farm. The case, brought by Waikato Regional Council, related to a forestry harvest operation where earthworks had been carried out without appropriate erosion and sediment controls between February and May 2011. During the harvest, two steep gullies were left with forestry debris in circumstances where waterways could be blocked and one gully in particular was choked with soil and vegetation.

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Libs vow to stall forest heritage listing

ABC News, Australia
February 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Liberals will try to postpone the heritage listing of native forests which have divided the community for decades. The Federal Government has moved to expand the existing Wilderness World Heritage Area by 12 per cent, nominating for protection about 130,000 hectares currently available for logging. But Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck says it undermines parliamentary scrutiny of the peace agreement. “It’s more about Tony Burke’s agenda and the Greens’ agenda,” he said.

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Can’t see trees for the forest

The arboretum does not fit with the bush capital
The Canberra Times
February 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Agreat many friends and colleagues who I respect will be celebrating the opening of the National Arboretum. I regard it as an ”arbomination” that represents the further loss of Canberra’s bushlands. While it is hard to object to planting trees, there are two main reasons why we should regret this majestic folly. First, the cost of establishing the arboretum: about $50 million of ACT government resources plus another $20 million from the federal government. The planting of an osage orange forest, a known weed species, highlights the environmental ignorance and conflicting messages represented by the new arboretum.

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