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Daily Archives: February 14, 2013

Business & Politics

Domtar Enhances Recyclebank Green Schools Program

Canada Newswire press release
February 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

MONTREAL – Domtar Corporation today announced it is furthering its partnership with Recyclebank® by supporting the Recyclebank Green Schools Program, which awards schools grant money for unique student projects that will make a positive environmental impact on their communities. Domtar will make more students’ green projects a reality by contributing additional donation dollars, as well as awarding a year’s supply of EarthChoice® Office Paper to the school with the most innovative project.

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Softwood Lumber Prices Back on the Rise: Report

Design Build Source
February 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

After a lull following the GFC, softwood lumber prices in the US and Canada are back on the rise, the latest report says. Softwood lumber prices in the US and Canada are back on the rise as an improving housing market in the US has fed through to higher levels of demand and Canadian exports of softwood lumber to China are booming, the latest report has found. In its January 2013 edition of Timber Trends released earlier this week by The Campbell Group, LLC, forest economist Bruce P. Glass says that after a lull following the GFC, prices of softwood lumber in North America shot back up last year as American housing starts recovered.

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Catalyst Paper to sell its interest in Powell River Energy

Canada Newswire press release
February 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC, – Catalyst Paper announced today that it has agreed, subject to court approval, to sell its approximately 50% interest in Powell River Energy Inc. and Powell River Energy Limited Partnership to Powell River Energy Trust, a Brookfield Renewable Energy affiliate for $33 million. Powell River Energy Trust currently holds the other 50% stake in the Powell River Energy joint venture originally established in 2001.

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Increased Production Boosts Canfor Pulp’s 4th Q

250 News
February 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC – Canfor Pulp Products Inc. says its fourth quarter results for 2012 benefitted from increased pulp and paper production at the end of the year, following a challenging third quarter.  The company is reporting a net income of $4.7-million dollars for the last quarter of the year, which translates into $0.07 per share, compared to a net loss of $4.6-million in the third quarter. …Canfor Pulp’s CEO, Don Kayne, says, “After the challenges experienced in the last quarter, it was encouraging to see solid improvements in productivity, as well as some improvement in market conditions this quarter.”

Canfor cities lower pulp prices as Q4 proftis fall to $4.7M from Canadian Press

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Irving pays to clean ash from school’s playground

Wood ash blew away from the Irving mill and covered a playground in Saint John
CBC News
February 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

J.D. Irving Ltd. spent Wednesday cleaning up the playground at Saint Rose School in Saint John after it was covered with grey ash from the company’s pulp and paper mill. Mary Keith, a vice-president with J.D. Irving, said the ash is not harmful and is left over from the plant’s biomass wood burning facility. The ash is stockpiled at the rear of the mill until spring, but there wasn’t enough snow covering the ash to keep it in one place. A recent storm blew enough of the ash to end up in places like the Saint Rose schoolyard.

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Espanola owes Domtar millions after MPAC reassessment

Town to hold meeting with public to inform them of the situation
CBC News
February 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A councillor in Espanola says the town is facing a $4 million problem. Stewart Meikleham said a ruling from Municipal Property Assessment Corporation has re-assessed Domtar’s property at $9.9 million, instead of the previous $26 million. The town has been told by MPAC it has 90 days to pay the paper mill $4 million in back taxes. Meikleham said a meeting would be held Wednesday night to inform the community about the situation.

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AF&PA elects new chairman

Pulp and Paper News
February 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced the election of Graphic Packaging President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) David Scheible as the new AF&PA board chairman, along with the 2013 slate of board officers. “I am honored to serve as chairman of the AF&PA board of directors and look forward to meeting head-on the challenges and opportunities on the horizon this year,” said Scheible. “The association continues to demonstrate its credibility as the organization for our industry’s public policy and advocacy initiatives, sustainability, and environmental regulation.

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Railroad goes to federal court to prevent Albany log yard closure

Associated Press
February 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

ALBANY — A railroad company has asked a federal judge to keep the Linn County government from shutting down a business that last fall started loading logs on trains. The operation is on an old mill site east of Albany that was idle for decades while a rural residential community grew around it. Neighbors in the unincorporated community called Crabtree call the log-loading operation noisy, especially in the morning, and the trucks that bring in the logs a hazard for school children, The Albany Democrat-Herald reports.

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Sawmills suffering from overpriced roundwood

EUWID
February 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In north-western Russia, the profit situation in numerous sawmills has become more critical in recent weeks, as overpriced roundwood is contrasted by low lumber prices. In the Archangelsk region, softwood sawlogs are currently priced at an average of RUB2,100/m³ freight paid. In Komi, roundwood is quoted in the range RUB1,700-1,900/m³ freight paid.

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Demand for oak lumber has picked up

EUWID
February 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Despite minor reductions in demand in the fourth quarter of 2012, oak sawmills appear to be generally satisfied with business last year as a whole. Demand also picked up in January. The slightly lower sales generated at the end of the year were thus able to be compensated for at least in part. Sawmills in Germany registered adequate receipts of orders again in January, especially for the better grades suitable for the furniture industry’s supply sector and for the timber trade. On the basis of the negotiations conducted with value-adders in Germany so far, it looks as if last year’s level can be matched. END

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Mercer International Inc. Reports Record Annual Pulp Production, Pulp Sales Volumes and Energy Sales and 2012 Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

Globe Newswire
February 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

NEW YORK — Mercer International Inc. today reported results for the fourth quarter and for the year ended December 31, 2012. …Mr. Jimmy S.H. Lee, President and Chairman, stated: “Overall, our fourth quarter and 2012 results reflect generally weak NBSK pulp prices due to continued economic uncertainty in Europe and China. However, our mills generally performed well in 2012 as we achieved record annual pulp production and sales volumes.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Forest products industry set to be bigger player in global construction

Canada Newswire press release
February 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

MONTRÉAL – Canada’s forest products industry can uniquely respond to emerging trends in the global construction industry by offering new customized wood products and pre-fabricated solutions of the highest environmental quality. If the industry takes up the challenge, it could gain a larger slice of the estimated $8 trillion a year global construction market that is growing at 8% a year. The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and its partners at FPInnovations undertook the Construction Value Pathways initiative to explore opportunities for forest products companies to diversify, transform and add value beyond their traditional markets and products.

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Lend Lease to launch 10-storey timber apartment building with festival in Docklands next week

Herald Sun Leader
February 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

THE tallest timber apartment building in the world is set to open in Docklands next week. Access all Areas. $1 for the first 28 days. Only $2.95 a week thereafter. Learn more. Lend Lease will launch its $11 million, 10-storey tower Forte at Victoria Harbour. The complex, with 23 apartments and ground floor retail space, is a showpiece for cross-laminated timber (CLT), which is manufactured using layers of timber to create solid panels. According to Lend Lease the material reduced CO2 emissions by more than 1600 tonnes compared to structures built from concrete and steel.

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Forestry

MLA Report: We need an attitude shift in government

Norm Macdonald, MLA
The Revelstoke Current
February 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

For the last 3 weeks, I have been visiting communities across British Columbia in my capacity as critic for Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. …I believe that there needs to be an attitude shift in government. We need to take practical steps by investing in reforestation of our public lands, investing in updating our timber and non-timber resources inventory, and re-establishing the Research Branch so that we can understand the implications of climate change. We need to update land-use planning by including rural communities in decision-making.

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Black knot tree fungus getting worse

CBC News
February 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Black knot tree fungus is getting worse, according to the city’s forestry expert. “It’s all through the city and it’s getting into the native areas which is what’s really scary,” said Jeannette Wheeler, the principal of forestry for Edmonton. Wheeler said the disease could potentially affect about four per cent of the city’s trees. City crews prune infected trees as they find them but don’t have the resources to move into natural areas of the city.

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Adrian Dix’s plans for building a quality public service, starting at the top

by Vaughn Palmer:
Vancouver Sun
February 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — Opposition leader Adrian Dix sent an important signal Wednesday with the announcement that in the event his New Democratic Party wins the election, he’ll name Don Wright as the senior public servant in the B.C. government….Wright is a Harvard-educated economist who has long served a variety of B.C. administrations, NDP and Liberal, rising to the rank of deputy minister and handling some of the thorniest files in government, from teacher bargaining to softwood lumber negotiations with the U.S.
…He recommended a tax on raw logs to discourage exports.

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Inside a remarkable wartime life (book review)

Vladimir Krajina was a Czech resistance hero who would rather have smelled the flowers
Vancouver Sun
February 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Krajina’s ecological approach brought him attention outside of B.C. He was the subject of documentaries in Czech and English, including a 1978 National Film Board film. …While he was at UBC, Krajina spoke out about clear-cut logging and slash burning, raising the hackles of some B.C. forestry industry leaders. Although they called for his dismissal, the university stood behind him….Krajina was instrumental in establishing B.C.’s network of Ecological Reserves to preserve unique plants, animals or ecosystems.

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Firefighting isn’t just for men anymore

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
February 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


Historically, firefighting has been dominated by men in both professional and volunteer firefighting careers. But this just isn’t the case anymore. DNR is currently recruiting for wildland firefighting positions and wants to encourage women to apply. Long time DNR employee, Jennifer Bammert, recalls what moved her into her wildfire fighting career in the first place. …Jennifer is now the Emergency Response Coordinator for DNR, 31 years after she stuck her foot in the door as a seasonal firefighter

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Reps. DeFazio, Walden, Schrader urge Congress to get involved in finding a replacement for county payments

The Oregonian
February 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WASHINGTON – Moving to breathe life into a rescue plan for rural Oregon, Reps. Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader urged the chairmen of two key committees – including Sen. Ron Wyden – to hold hearings on proposals for turning millions of federal acres into a long-term revenue source for cash-strapped counties. …”In order to keep the process moving forward, we respectfully ask that you hold an oversight hearing to discuss long-term solutions for the O&C Lands – including our bipartisan proposal and the governor’s report,” the letter to Wyden said.

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OSHA proposes $14K in fines over Idaho firefighter’s death

Associated Press
February 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

EWISTON, Idaho — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a fire management organization and proposed a $14,000 fine for serious safety violations OSHA says led to the death of a U.S. Forest Service firefighter. OSHA cited Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association, which was managing the Steep Corner Fire near Orofino last August when several trees fell, one killing 20-year-old Anne Veseth of Moscow.

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Study shows agriculture and forestry dominate Alabama economy

Phys.Org
February 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Agriculture and forestry contribute $70.4 billion annually to Alabama’s economy and account for 22 percent of the state’s workforce, according to a study released today. “The findings from this study are a powerful tool for our industry,” said Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council. “This research highlights the importance of agriculture to our state’s economy by providing reliable and credible facts we can use as advocates for the state’s farmers, agribusinesses and rural landowners.”

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APA backs off controversial clear-cut logging rule

North Country Public Radio
February 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Ray Brook, NY— The Adirondack Park Agency is delaying action on a controversial plan to revise clearcut logging rules in the park. … The logging industry strongly supported the measure, as did many academic foresters, but a coalition of green groups rallied to oppose it. …Gibson said more dialogue, study and research is needed before clearcutting rules are revised.  Industry groups, meanwhile, have supported the measure, arguing that the current rules promote smaller, less well planned clearcuts that don’t promote healthy forest regeneration.

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Secretive Swede becomes Estonia’s largest forest owner

Baltic Business News
February 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Swedish businessman Jonas Wahlström is now the largest private forest owner in Estonia and now owns about 23,000 hectares of land, mainly forest, in Estonia, writes Äripäev. Wahlström has been buying land in Estonia for about a decade, but is extremely secretive about his business and does not say what is his purpose.

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Record tree-sit prolonged by logging

Ninemsn
February 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environmental activist Miranda Gibson will consider ending her record-breaking tree-sit if logging is halted in Tasmanian forests nominated for World Heritage protection. Ms Gibson had one foot on her 60-metre ladder when when Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke nominated 170,000 hectares for World Heritage listing last month. But she says continued logging in those forests has forced her to prolong her 14-month Tyenna Valley protest in the state’s south.

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Forests to be monitored for foreign bugs

Voxy.co.nz
February 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

All forest plantations will be brought into a nationwide forest health surveillance scheme if next month’s referendum of forest growers is successful. “A yes vote in the referendum will see a small compulsory levy applied to harvested logs. Broadening the reach of the surveillance scheme will be one of the big benefits,” says Paul Nicholls, a Forest Growers Levy Trust board member. …” We need to be monitoring forests on the basis of a scientific assessment of risk, not because they are owned by a member of an industry association.”

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Calls for forestry contracts to be reviewed

ABC News, Australia
February 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environmental activists in the New South Wales south east say a review of forestry contracts in the region is urgently needed. Former Labor Forestry Minister Ian Macdonald was questioned by the Independent Commission Against Corruption earlier this week over deals he signed that would have allegedly allowed him to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks. Sixteen forestry contracts are under question across the state, including deals in the Batemans Bay, Tumbarumba, Tumut and Nowra areas.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Public pays huge markup for carbon offsets, records show

Globe and Mail
February 14, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

School boards, hospitals and other public-sector entities in British Columbia are paying far higher prices for carbon offsets than is justified by the market, according to the financial records of the Pacific Carbon Trust. Data that the Crown agency has long withheld, but which is to be released by government this week, shows that corporations such as TimberWest Forest Co., Encana Corp., and International Forest Products Ltd., have been selling carbon credits to the Pacific Carbon Trust for prices ranging from $9 to $19 a ton. At the same time, however, public sector agencies have been paying $25 a ton to buy offsets from the Pacific Carbon Trust.

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