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Daily Archives: February 12, 2013

Business & Politics

Resolute Forest Products Reports Net Loss

Net News Ledger
February 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

THUNDER BAY – Business – Resolute Forest Products Inc. has reported a net loss of $2 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. This is a representation of $0.02 per share, on sales of $4.5 billion. This compares with net income of $41 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, on sales of $4.8 billion in the year ended December 31, 2011.

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Chinese could shift energy investments to forestry, mining: ambassador

Canadian Press
February 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

EDMONTON – Canada’s ambassador to China says money from the Asian country is likely to keep pouring into Canadian resource projects. But Guy Saint-Jacques also says he thinks those dollars will increasingly flow into mining and forestry as well as energy development. …. “What I expect also is maybe they will start to get interested in the forestry sector. There’s already investment in pulp manufacturing. I think they are starting to look at potential minority participation in a number of companies.”

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Woodfibre site’s potential touted

Earlier proposals include waste-to-energy plant, natural gas storage facility
Squamish Chief
February 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

From waste-to-energy incinerators to a natural gas loading facility, there’s lots of speculation regarding the end use of the former Woodfibre site. One thing’s for sure: It’s all good news for Squamish, says a forestry consultant. Last week, Western Forest Projects announced a tentative agreement to sell the 212 acres of waterfront land that used to be the site of a pulp mill and company town southwest of Squamish. The sale comes with conditions, environmental remediation being one of them, Western project and site manager Rick Kormendy told The Chief last week.

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The Woods Industry Is About To Explode

250 News
February 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

We are heading into a new decade of prosperity in the woods industry in this region. It has been a long time coming but with the signs on the horizon the central part of BC is on the cusp of some very interesting times. If we can obtain the amount of fibre that we will need in order to fill the markets that will come looking for our product, the rest should be a slam dunk. The US is expected to see a sharp increase in housing starts in the next 24 months. Add to that an already growing Chinese market.

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Canadian lumber producers boosted by US housing upswing

Globe and Mail
February 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The sawmills of three major Canadian lumber producers are expected to enjoy brisk orders this year, especially as housing markets in the United States perk up. West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., Canfor Corp. and International Forest Products Ltd., which report their fourth-quarter results this week, have regained their swagger during the long road to recovery over the past four years. …Demand from China is expected to remain strong this year, helping keep prices at healthy levels for producers.

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Håkan Svensson named president of Sodra Timber

Pulp and Paper News
February 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The current director of forestry at Södra has been appointed President of Södra Timber Since May last year, Håkan Svensson has been operating as both the Director of Forestry and the Acting President of Södra Timber. The Board of Directors has now decided to appoint Håkan Svensson as the President of Södra Timber. At the same time work will commence on recruiting a new Director of Forestry.

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Japanese forestry markets fragile: Annells

Tasmania Examiner
February 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania chairman Bob Annells has described the Japanese market as “on a knife edge” at a parliamentary committee hearing today. Mr Annells was part of a delegation organised by its biggest contract holder Ta Ann Tasmania that visited Japan to brief customers on the progress of the forestry peace agreement. Mr Annells said the clear message from Ta Ann customers was “fix it once and for all or we walk”. Forestry Tasmania supports the legislation with some conditions. “To do nothing in the face of our declining market and absolute proof… that this market is capable of being destroyed, it will get a lot worse very quickly.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canadian forest products industry sets sights on global construction industry

Canada Newswire press release
February 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – On Wednesday, February 14, the Forest Products Association of Canada and its partners will be releasing their landmark Construction Value Pathways initiative, exploring new and unique opportunities for the Canadian forest products industry to gain a larger share of the $8 trillion a year global construction market. The Construction Value Pathways project is groundbreaking market research that has identified key trends in the global construction industry and sets the forest products industry’s sights on diversifying with more advanced products and pre-fabricated construction solutions of the highest environmental quality.

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Website Profile: Re-Imagining Wood Challenge

FPInnovations
February 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

How can the natural attributes of wood commonly seen as disadvantages, be re-imagined as assets to create novel, sustainable products? There was a time when wood and wood fibre based materials were used for almost everything in the built environment….In many cases and in order to compete, we have engineered wood to do what other materials already do well. This is a good thing, but we believe there are additional opportunities for innovation if wood was allowed to do what it does best, naturally. …

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Woody Harrelson Says Making Paper from Trees Is ‘Barbaric’ — Is It?

Environmental Leader
February 4, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

In the pulp and paper industry there appears to be a renewed interest in “alternative fibers” for use in paper. One recent article on this subject included a photo of Woody Harrelson (actor) with a caption that proclaimed “making paper from trees is barbaric.” With respect to Mr. Harrelson, I believe he has either been misquoted or is misinformed. To help advance this dialog I want to first clarify some terminology.

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Woodwork Career Alliance, WOODLinks USA Explore Merger

Woodworking Network
February 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WoodLINKS USA and The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCA) have combined forces to explore the prospect of merging these two organizations. This merger, subject to final approval by the Board of Directors for both organizations, will enable WoodLINKS USA members to become Education members of the Woodwork Career Alliance. The WCA has developed Industry recognized Skill Standards and a certification system for the Wood Industry.

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It’s Time for Timber

Construction Digital
February 11, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Despite forming the mainstay of the construction of homes and buildings for centuries, the past fifty years has seen timber fall somewhat out of fashion in the UK, with masonry taking precedence. …Initiatives such as Part L of the Building Regulations and the Code for Sustainable Homes have set minimal environmental standards for the construction industry, and a new National Planning Policy Framework, introduced in March 2012, has assumed a presumption in favour of sustainable development.

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Forestry

Truce between forestry and conservationists stymied by bureaucracy

Canadian Press
February 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Far from the loud Parliament Hill battle between Conservatives and environmentalists, a group of forest industry executives and conservationists are quietly forging agreements that will permit an increase in logging while also protecting endangered caribou and fragile ecosystems. But they say they’re being stymied by bureaucracy. “Our patience is wearing thin,” said Anna Baggio, director of conservation planning for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

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Report on Balfour slide released

Nelson Star
February 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Forest Practices Board report into a landslide near Balfour in May 2011 makes several recommendations to prevent similar slides. The 15-page report, released Friday, looked at the Laird Creek slide which damaged the water supply to about 100 homes. It was caused by several factors, including logging by BC Timber Sales in the area a few years earlier. Water users asked the board to investigate whether a lack of professional diligence contributed to the slide.

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Gravelle, Orazietti given resource posts

CBC News
February 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Kathleen Wynne has returned Thunder Bay Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle to his old job. Gravelle was appointed Minister of Northern Development and Mines in the new cabinet unveiled by Wynne on Monday. …In 2011, Gravelle was moved to the Ministry of Natural Resources. Wynne named Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti to succeed him in that position.

‘Critical time’ for new northern Ont. ministers from CBC News
Orazietti honoured by new job from Sault Star

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Obama nominates REI chief executive as interior secretary

The Washington Post
February 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

…President Obama’s unconventional pick to lead the Interior Department — a former oil engineer and commercial banker who heads the consumer co-op Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) — represents an effort by the administration to defuse the partisan fight over conservation and energy. Jewell, who lacks the political experience of previous interior secretaries, will be challenged to rebuild a national consensus over protecting public lands.

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Forest Service official tells loggers: Together we can make a difference

Record Searchlight
February 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The man in charge of resource management for 20 million acres of national forest land in California believes it’s time the government and timber industry start doing a better job of working together. Speaking Thursday morning at the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference, Barnie Gyant, deputy regional forester for the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service, said he knows government is not designed to move fast. But Gyant said he is committed to work in a more timely and efficient manner with the industry.

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Forest Jobs and Recreation Act: Tester has solution to end stalemate

Letter by Steve Thompson
The Missoulian
February 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Jan. 28 guest column by Julia Altemus was refreshing in her call for Montanans to move beyond the gridlock that often characterizes debate about forest management. As she says, “Just as Montana is made up of many parts, we are wired to work together and to help each other.” That’s why I join several conservation groups, hunting organizations, timber mills and loggers in supporting the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act sponsored in Congress by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.

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Can Redwood clones reverse years of logging? (video)

NBCNews.com
February 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For years, the tallest trees in the world have been cut down – its population decimated. Today, only a small fraction of the majestic trees remain, many of them protected in national parks. But a scientist is hoping to regrow the Redwoods, and reverse some of the damage. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

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You can have wilderness and logging

The Missoulian
February 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The national forests are a battleground where Montanans wage a war of jobs versus the environment. Or so we’re told. In the political arena, the debate over forest management is constantly reduced to a black-and-white, either-or proposition: Either we sacrifice our forests and quality of life to provide jobs, or we suffer economic hardship for the sake of environmental protection. …Such choices are stark, divisive – and flat-out wrong. …We don’t have to choose one way or the other: We can protect some wild,
remote areas as wilderness, and we can guarantee logging in other areas.

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World Bank Unmoved on Own Auditor’s Criticism of Forest Policy

IPS
February 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Officials at the World Bank are forcefully rejecting a new internal evaluation that is highly critical of the institution’s decade-long forest policy, expressing their “strong disagreement” with some assertions in the report. The assessment, written by the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), the World Bank Group’s auditor, warns that expectations for poverty reduction as envisioned in the bank’s 2002 Forest Strategy “have not yet been met”.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood pellets could warm NWT communities while creating jobs

Edmonton Journal
February 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – Hay River businessman Brad Mapes hopes barges full of wood pellets will be moving down the Mackenzie River in a couple of years, wintering over in places like Inuvik and becoming riverside warehouses for fuel. In communities that now burn expensive diesel or propane, the pellets will mean savings of up to 50 per cent in fuel bills. And further south, the dozens of jobs created in harvesting the timber and processing it into pellets could help turn around the economy in settlements with virtually no employment opportunities.

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