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Daily Archives: February 15, 2013

Business & Politics

Resolute’s Lumber Transactions Up 18 Percent on Housing Recovery

Woodworking Network
February 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products says lumber transaction prices rose $53 per thousand board feet, or 18 percent, last year, owing to strong market conditions and the improving housing construction and sales market. While the former AbitibiBowater’s business is concentrated in lackluster pulp and paper, wood products results were the bright spot in Resolute Forest Products latest quarterly results. The wood products segment reported operating income of $14 million in the fourth quarter, $8 million higher than the third.

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Interfor records adjusted net earnings of $3.7 million in 4th quarter

Canadian Press
February 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Forest products company Interfor Ltd. is reporting adjusted net income of $3.7 million, or seven-cents per share, in the fourth quarter of 2012. The Vancouver-based company had lost $2.8 million in the same quarter of 2011. Excluding one-time items, Interfor lost $3.6 million during the quarter, or six cents per share Interfor says its results were negatively impacted by the cost of rebuilding its Grand Forks sawmill, which was stopped on Nov. 9 and resumed on Dec. 3rd. The estimated impact in the fourth quarter was $2.8 million.

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West Fraser Timber names new CEO

Globe and Mail
February 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ted Seraphim has been tapped to take over as West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.’s chief executive officer. Mr. Seraphim, West Fraser’s president and chief operating officer, will replace Hank Ketcham as CEO on March 1. Mr. Ketcham, who also currently serves as chairman, will assume the role of executive chairman, the Vancouver-based company said Thursday.

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India – A New Frontier for B.C. Forest Products

Coast Forest Products Association
February 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, B.C.– Coast Forest Products Association and others from the B.C. forest industry returned recently from a successful trade mission to India. Resulting from a partnership between the provincial and federal governments and industry, the delegation was hosted by Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) in association with Natural Resources Canada. The mission heralded an important first step in connecting the B.C. forest industry with potential customers in a growing market of 1.2 billion people.

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West Fraser Timber Q4 Profit Rises

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

Vancouver, Canada-based wood products company, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. on Thursday, reported a rise in fourth-quarter profit to C$22.9 million or C$0.51 per share, from C$6.0 million or C$0.14 per share in the year-ago quarter. Excluding items, adjusted earnings from continuing operations for the quarter were C$1.25 per share, compared to an adjusted loss from continuing operations of C$0.35 million in the same period last year.

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Forestry department made $621,000 profit in 2012

Mission City Record
February 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A significant increase in the number of trees harvested in the district has boosted the municipality’s bottom line. Mission’s forestry department recorded more than $621,000 in profits for 2012, according to a report present to council Feb. 4. The profits come on the heels of an off year for the department. Mayor Ted Adlem said he admittedly was the first person to jump on forestry when it lost money. He said he wanted to thank the forestry management director Kim Allan of for the $800,000 turnaround.

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City inks deal with Chinese wood processing company

Terrace Standard
February 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

THE City of Terrace has finalized a deal with a Chinese wood processing company to lease it city-owned land on the southside for the next 10 years. Yaorun Wood Co. Ltd, which also operates a wood processing plant in Burns Lake, will pay $10,000 a month, or $120,000 annually, to use the Keith Ave. land, which was once a log yard for the now-dismantled Skeena Cellulose/Terrace Lumber Company sawmill.

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Sluggish growth forecast

by Gordon Hamilton – Recovery in U.S. will cause shift here in 2014: Central 1
Vancouver Sun
February 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia is faced with one more year of sluggish growth as declines in government-funded infrastructure spending and falling housing starts keep the economy in check, according to a five-year economic analysis released Thursday by Central 1 Credit Union. …The main driver, however, is the recovery in the U.S. which is expected to be well underway by 2014. He said it will benefit B.C.’s resource exporting economy, particularly forest products and mining.

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Resolute looking to reposition mill

Fort Frances Times Online
February 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products might be in a position to decide what it will do with its Fort Frances mill later this spring.  During a conference call Tuesday coinciding with the announcement of Resolute’s preliminary fourth quarter and 2012 results, Resolute president and CEO Richard Garneau said the company currently is looking to reposition the mill here. There’s an investigation underway as to what kinds of grades the company can use, he noted. “In two, three, four months, we should be in a position to determine what the future of the mill is going to look like,” Garneau said during the conference call.

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Logs piling up in Tas

Weekly Times Now
February 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

THOUSANDS of tonnes of logs have been left to split on the Burnie wharf for up to 18 months. It comes as frustrated Tasmanian timber merchants clamour for supplies. Hobart contractor Nick Bennetto, Launceston furniture maker Ken Pugh and Burnie contractor Jason Weller say they desperately wanted to buy some of the Forestry Tasmania timber but their offers were refused. Mr Weller said he offered five times the rate Forestry Tasmania charged a Smithton sawmill for the logs and he could take 40-50 cubic metres a month, The Mercury reports

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Sawmiller backed by the Greens Capricornia candidate

The Morning Bulletin
February 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

TASMANIAN sawmill company Timber Marshalling Services found an unlikely ally this week in The Greens candidate, Paul Bambrick. Mr Bambrick came out in strong support yesterday of a proposed sawmill for the Byfield area, saying it should be located as close as possible to the Byfield forests where TMS had secured supply of pine timber. “The proposed sawmill is a positive for the local economy, localising production in the region and decentralising Queensland,” said Mr Bambrick.”

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canadian kitchen cabinet study identifies regional preferences and market opportunities

FPInnovations
February 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The most comprehensive publicly available report on cabinet features available in Canada is now available. For the first time in recent history the Canadian cabinet sector is facing not only decreasing export opportunities, but it is also facing increasing imports into the domestic market. In 2002, the trade surplus in cabinets was over $1.15 billion, but dropped to only $166 million in 2011. Imports from China, Germany, Mexico, and Italy have not only increased every year over the past decade, but their largest increases have occurred in the past 5 years during the economic slowdown.

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Ottawa lumber company goes north

Ottawa Business Journal
February 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

An Ottawa lumber company has expanded into Northern Canada with a product designed to make home construction easier in frigid Arctic temperatures. Kott Lumber first moved the product to Canada’s north in 2009 when it won a multimillion-dollar contract with the Nunavut Housing Corp., a public agency of the territorial government. The product is designed to smooth out the unique challenges that building in the North can present, said Wendy Smith, Kott’s director of marketing.

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Forestry

Forest policy must change, forum hears

Continuing crisis should be election issue this spring
Kamloops Daily News
February 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. forests are in crisis for a multitude of reasons and politicians of all parties must be held to account in the spring election, a union-led forest forum heard Wednesday night. “We’re all here tonight because we care about the future of our forests,” said Brenda Brown, a vice-president of the BCGEU and a resident of Quesnel, hit hard by the industry difficulties of the past decade. “We care about the future of our families and about the future of our communities.” Brown said logging trucks leave the community filled with raw logs for export.

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North Vancouver District working to undercut wildfires

North Shore Outlook
February 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents of North Vancouver’s Seymour Heights neighbourhood may soon hear the whirr and whine of chainsaws and wood chippers in the trail-lined forest behind their homes. But not to panic; the job’s been hired out by District of North Vancouver staff as part of a plan to prevent wildfires in the area. Approximately 20 acres of district-owned forest lands known as Hyannis Park will be selectively cut, chipped and much of it hauled away before the migratory-bird nesting season begins next month.

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Forest pros headed to P.G.

Prince George Citizen
February 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The largest professional association in Canada’s forest industry is coming to Prince George for its AGM. The Association of B.C. Forest Professionals (ABCFP) is holding its 65th annual general meeting and convention starting on Wednesday. An array of keynote speakers has been arranged, including the contrasting policy views of B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson and NDP opposition forestry critic Norm Macdonald. Radio talk show host Bill Good will also broadcast his CKNW program live to the province from the convention floor.

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North’s little university is growing up fast

Intended to ease a shortage of skilled labour, UNBC has expanded into everything a northern community might need, including health care workers, governance programs and innovative use of forestry resources
Vancouver Sun
February 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the University of Northern British Columbia was established in 1994, it was seen as an institution that could solve the North’s labour shortages.. …And being located where it is, UNBC has carved out a niche for itself in forestry research. Over the past two decades, changes to the region’s forest economy due to factors like climate change, the mountain pine beetle infestation, and more recently, the collapse of the U.S. housing market, has pushed the university to research innovative solutions to enhance and diversify B.C.’s timber products, improve forest practices, and find new markets.

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B.C. protects old growth forests in Chilliwack District

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
February 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An additional 23,810 hectares of old growth management areas now are protected in the Chilliwack District, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today. These old growth management areas were established under the Land Act, following a two-month public consultation process and discussions with First Nations, forestry companies, local stakeholders and forest and biology professionals. All comments received during the comment period were considered when developing these old growth management areas.

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Sens. Wyden, Merkley reintroduce wilderness protection bills

The Oregonian
February 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS — Longstanding proposals to protect rivers and forests in Oregon as wilderness areas were reintroduced in Congress on Thursday by Oregon’s two senators. …”These areas provide habitats to countless species of plants and animals, economic benefits to surrounding communities and recreational opportunities for Oregonians and visitors throughout the nation,” Wyden said in a statement. …The measures face an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled House, where Resources Committee Chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., has been working on legislation to increase logging in national forests.

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New study by U.S. Forest Service links beautiful, healthy trees to our own health

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
February 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It should be no surprise that our natural environment gives us a sense of calmness, reducing stress, but now we have more solid evidence of a link, specifically between healthy people and healthy trees. A new U.S. Forest Service report, “The Relationship between Trees and Human Health,” was recently printed in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. According to Forest Service researcher Geoffrey Donovan, Americans living in areas of diseased trees had higher rates of cardiovascular disease and lower-respiratory disease when compared with areas that have uninfected trees.

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Logging operations expected to restart at Lake Como

Ravalli Republic
February 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LAKE COMO — Cross-country skiers will soon need to keep their eyes peeled for logging trucks on the road to the Bitterroot National Forest’s Lake Como. A logging operation is expected to restart by the end of this week or the beginning of the next on the northeastern edge of the popular recreation area. Initially, the work will center on the Rock Creek Horse Camp campground. Eventually, it will move into places nearer the boat launch, group site and some other areas on the north side of the lake.

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Editorial: Timber panel had a tough hill to climb

Corvallis Gazette Times
February 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The failure of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s timber panel to reach a consensus on how to solve the decades-long battle over federal forestland in western Oregon isn’t particularly surprising. Even Kitzhaber had to know this was a long shot — and the time allocated for this Herculean undertaking almost certainly wasn’t sufficient: The panel only started work in late October. …But the same divisions that stalked the timber panel likely will haunt Congress as well, with disagreement over key issues such as how much timber should be cut and how to protect streamside areas and critical habitat.

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For Valentine’s Day: 10 Lovable Urban Trees

Oregon Public Broadcasting
February 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In 1990, Portland resident Phyllis Reynolds published a book dedicated to the “Trees of Greater Portland”; For the new edition she just released, Reynolds revisited all the trees from the first book and found 75 percent of them are still standing. …The new edition features photos and measurements of 137 species of trees in Portland: A Doug fir that’s at least 242 feet tall, a 103-year-old giant sequoia with a trunk measuring 31.5 feet around, an American elm planted in 1870, China firs that will grow back after you cut them down, and big white oaks that survived because of – not in spite of – benign neglect in North Portland.

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Wis., Ill., Iowa to hold joint forest conference

Associated Press
February 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa officials are inviting forest landowners to a conference next month to learn more about management techniques, forest products and taxes. The Tri-State Forestry Conference is scheduled for March 9 at the Sinsinawa Mound Center in Sinsinawa, Wis. …The conference will focus on woodland and wildlife management, forest
soils, forest products such as syrup and ginseng and timber taxes.

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New studies show another national park would boost Maine’s economy, Quimby’s son says

Bangor Daily News
February 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BANGOR, Maine — Economic studies commissioned by Roxanne Quimby’s land-holdings company show that a 75,000-acre national park and same-size recreation area in the Katahdin region would create 450-1,055 jobs, her son said Thursday. …He called suggestions that a national park would threaten existing forest products industries “just a fundamental misunderstanding.” …Park opponents included the state’s two U.S. senators, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud [D-East Millinocket], Gov. Paul LePage, the state Legislature, some forest products industry representatives and all of the Katahdin region local governments.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Bloated bills prompt review of Pacific Carbon Trust

It took a year, but the Pacific Carbon Trust has finally provided some details about the millions of tax dollars it passes on to private companies for the carbon offsets public agencies are forced to buy.
Vancouver Sun
February 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

It took a year, but the Pacific Carbon Trust has finally provided some details about the millions of tax dollars it passes on to private companies for the carbon offsets public agencies are forced to buy.  What the numbers reveal is disturbing enough that B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake quickly announced a review of the program, even though he concedes it will likely be up to the “next administration” to take action. …Reaction to the spectre of schools being forced to turn over scarce dollars to the likes of Encana forced the government to provide extra funding last year, but otherwise, Pacific Carbon Trust has operated largely unchecked. That may be about to change.

Click here to read the press release from the BC Ministry of Environment

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Exclusive: Cash-strapped schools helped pay TimberWest $5.6m in carbon credits

Business in Vancouver
February 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry company TimberWest received $5.6 million from cash-strapped school districts, hospitals and municipal bodies to save old-growth timber that it didn’t plan to cut in the first place, under the controversial Pacific Carbon Trust program, Business in Vancouver has learned. The money was part of $16.3 million paid out by the Pacific Carbon Trust between April 2008 and December 17, 2011 to 11 projects in carbon credits. BIV obtained the information through a Freedom of Information request made just over a year ago.

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