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Daily Archives: February 13, 2013

Business & Politics

CILA Notices Similarities Between Northern BC and World Market At International Summit

HQ Prince George
February 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Production numbers, labour shortages and timber supply were all apart of a presentation the Executive Director of the Central Interior Logging Association made in New York recently. MaryAnne Arcand was in the Big Apple for the World Timberland Investment Summit talking to timber investors from around the world. Arcand says many countries that were represented at the summit are in similar situations as Northern BC when it comes to labour recruitment.

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Tolko to restart its OSB mill in Slave Lake

Edmonton Journal
February 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Growing demand from the U.S. housing markets has convinced Tolko Industries the time is right to reopen its Athabasca mill in Slave Lake. The company is proceeding with preparations to reopen its oriented strand board (OSB) and engineered wood products mill early in 2014, president and CEO Brad Thorlakson announced Tuesday. Tolko, a private, Canadian-owned forest products company based in Vernon, B.C., closed the plant in 2009.

Vernon’s Tolko plans to re-open mill in Slave Lake from Canadian Press

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Resolute Forest’s loss surges in Q4

Canadian Press
February 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL — Resolute Forest Products Inc. beat expectations even though its net loss surged to $36 million in the fourth quarter due to several factors, including lower prices and volumes in its paper business as well as costs associated with idled operations. The Montreal-based pulp, paper and lumber producer said Tuesday it lost 38 cents per diluted share for the period ended Dec. 31, compared to a net loss of $6 million or six cents per share a year earlier. Sales were unchanged at $1.1 billion.

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Resolute hopeful that sawmill startups will breathe life to Ontario communities

Canadian Press
February 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products says the improving U.S. housing market is allowing the lumber producer to expand its sawmill production capacity for the first time in years, helping breathe new life into several northwestern Ontario communities. The Montreal-based company expects to create a few hundred direct and indirect jobs over the next year or so as it prepares to restart sawmills in Ignace that have been idled since 2007, build new operations in Atikokan and increase capacity at several other operations in Ontario and Quebec.

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Strong Hardwood 2013 European Exports Expected

Woodworking Network
February 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Hardwood lumber shipments from North America were relatively low in January due to the upcoming Chinese New Year. However, Mexico and some Middle Eastern markets were busier, and exporters booked sizeable orders for shipment to the Far East in February and beyond. …U.S. hardwood lumber shipments were higher in 2012 than in 2011 to each of the 11 largest Asian markets. January demand increased further to China, Indonesia, Japan and Malaysia, but declined slightly to Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Forest Service Offers Advice for Using Insect-Killed Trees

Woodworking Network
February 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – A new manual released by the U.S. Forest Service provides guidance on how best to use the millions of dead and dying urban trees infected by invasive insects in the eastern United States. The free publication, developed by the Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory and the University of Minnesota Duluth offers insight into the wide variety of products and markets that are available and practical advice for considering the many available options for using insect-killed wood. Uses include lumber, furniture, cabinetry, flooring, and pellets for wood-burning energy facilities.

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Forestry

Peter Foster: Rain forest serial killer Barbie

Financial Post
February 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

…Canada has seen as much of the anti-forestry campaign as any other developed country, but the costs are likely far greater in the developing world. Last week, Indonesian paper company Asia Pulp & Paper (APP, part of the Sinar Mas Group), “agreed” — among other commitments — to halt all natural forest clearance in Indonesia, which is already under a moratorium. It also agreed to hire NGOs to help it negotiate the pitfalls created by NGOs, and to submit to further NGO oversight.

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Professional Reliance – The Better Way to Balance BC’s Budget

Coast Forest Products Association
February 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Daryl Walker of the BC Government and Service Employees Union recently wrote that new thinking and new approaches are needed for the future of our province’s economy. We agree. However, from our perspective in the coastal forest industry, “the better way” for B.C.’s provincial government to balance its budget is to optimize and fully utilize the resources we already have in place. This new approach involves increasing our reliance on our trained professionals both within and outside of government to guide decision and policy-making in forestry.

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MLAs butt heads over forestry tenure changes

Companies could have option to apply for scarce tree farm licences
Business in Vancouver
February 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government plans to introduce legislation that will give forestry companies rights and responsibilities to Crown land – a change critics say will benefit only the province’s largest forestry companies. …The change is based on recommendations from the Special Committee on Timber Supply, said forestry minister Steve Thomson. …But Bob Simpson, independent MLA for Cariboo North, said the minister is misreading the committee’s report. “I’m … challenging the minister to tell the public which [recommendation] he’s referring to, because there is no recommendation to roll over [volume-based] forest licences,” said Simpson.

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Unionized Forestry Workers Host Town Hall Meetings

HQ Prince George
February 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With three months until the provincial election, BC’s unionized forestry workers are banding together and inviting forest communities to join them in a series of town hall meetings to discuss, and address, the crisis in the BC forest industry. “Absolutely (the timing is a factor),” says Steve Hunt, Western Director with the United Steelworkers. “We think the current government is really, really tired. We’re not making a political statement here though – I mean we make it just by showing up – but we’ve dealt with this government for 12 years and, again, their policies have not been very conducive to forest dependent communities.”

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Forestry conference set for P.G.

Prince George Citizen
February 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The future of the forest is on the discussion floor at the annual Council of Forest Industries conference. The event alternates in and out of Prince George, one of the world’s forestry hotspots, and 2013 is an in-year. COFI will host dignitaries from all levels of the forestry spectrum for two business days of intense discussion at the Civic Centre. The keynote speakers and some panelists have not yet been named, but the general agenda was announced this week.

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Forest industry launches recruitment contest

North Island Midweek
February 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), with support from the Government of Canada, is today launching TheGreenestWorkforce.ca, a resource tool that provides information on the dynamic direction of the industry and career opportunities on offer right across the country. …“We invite Canadians to visit the Greenest Workforce website to see the exciting opportunities now available. We also want to encourage students to consider applying for the internships to receive job training, skills development, and real-world experience within our growing sector,” says Lindsay.

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Audit points to risks for workers, public

Chilliwack Times
February 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

More and more logging companies, including at least one operating in the Chilliwack area, are getting sloppy when it comes to keeping forest service roads and bridges safe for workers and the public, according to two reports released by the Forest Practices Board (FPB) last week. …And those risks aren’t far from home, according to a second FPB report on 606546 B.C. Ltd., a company that owns Tamihi Logging, which operates in the Chilliwack Forest district. A random Forest Practices Board audit found the company to be in “significant non-compliance” in the areas of road construction, bridge construction and bridge maintenance.

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So, God Made A Logger

by Jim Petersen
Evergreen Foundation
February 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

And on the eighth day, God looked down on the earth he had created and said, “I need an old school conservationist, someone who will care for the forests I’ve created, someone who understands that I planted these forests for man’s pleasure and needs ” So, God made a logger. God said, “I need somebody who will get up at three o’clock in the morning and drive a hundred miles into the woods, just to get to the trees I want him to cut, so that my forests will continue to grow and provide shelter for the billions of people who will populate my earth.”

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Forest Service consolidates two national forests

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

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service has decided to consolidate two national forests into one and moving the supervisor’s office to a new office in Kamiah. U.S. Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell announced the decision Monday to combine the Nez Perce and Clearwater national forests. The Lewiston Tribune reports that the goal is to save money and resources. The agency began working toward consolidation in 2008 with the intent of saving $2 million annually by combining administrative positions.

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Clear-cut choice for forest

Environmentalists urge APA delay in new rules
Albany Times Union
February 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ALBANY — New rules on potential clear-cutting of Adirondack forests are on the verge of being adopted by the Adirondack Park Agency, with environmental groups warning changes could fuel much more logging. On Tuesday, an environmental coalition urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to put the brakes on Thursday’s planned vote by the park agency, while a spokesman for the timber industry said fears of rampant clear-cutting are unfounded.

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Forest peace predicted to fail

ABC News, Australia
February 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The parliamentary inquiry into Tasmania’s forest peace deal has been warned anti-forestry protests will continue even if supporting laws pass both houses. Jenny Weber from the Huon Valley Environment Centre yesterday gave evidence to the Upper House Committee scrutinising legislation needed to protect half a million hectares of native forest from logging. She says the environmental groups that negotiated the peace deal have abandoned their policies to end native forest logging.

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Regional councils bag forest peace deal (& video)

ABC News, Australia
February 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s forest peace deal has been described as another “land grab” by environmental groups. An Upper House inquiry is scrutinising legislation needed to protect 504,000 hectares of native forest from logging. The Dorset Mayor, Barry Jarvis, says a multi-billion dollar industry is being “sacrificed” and the compensation on offer is “paltry”. He has accused the state and federal governments of “pandering” to environmentalists. “Tasmania must receive a solid guarantee backed by legislation and
enforcement that this will end conflict in our forests,” Councillor
Jarvis said.

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General

Acadian Timber Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter Results

Marketwire press release
February 12, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Acadian Timber Corp. today reported financial and operating results(1) for the three months ended December 31, 2012 (the “fourth quarter”).  For the fourth quarter of 2012, Acadian generated net sales of $18.4 million on sales volume of 327 thousand m3, which represents a $3.3 million, or 22%, increase in net sales compared to the same period in 2011. …”Acadian benefitted from strong demand and pricing for its hardwood pulpwood and average selling prices for spruce fir sawlogs remained robust in Acadian’s Maine operations,” said Reid Carter, Chief Executive Officer of Acadian.

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