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Daily Archives: February 18, 2013

Business & Politics

Fortress Paper Announces Appointment of Yvon Pelletier as President of Dissolving Pulp Business

MarketWatch
February 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Fortress Paper Ltd. is pleased to announce the appointment of Yvon Pelletier as President of its dissolving pulp business, effective February 25, 2013. Mr. Pelletier has over 30 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry and has held leadership roles in technical, operational, and commercial areas. Prior to joining the Fortress group, Mr. Pelletier was the Executive Vice President of Tembec Inc., a leading international manufacturer of forest products, and President of its Specialty Cellulose and Chemical Group.

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Industry weighs plan for Meadow Creek Cedar license

Nelson Star
February 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Plans to rehabilitate Meadow Creek Cedar’s suspended forest license are earning praise from local industry but also drawing criticism. Blue Ridge Timber of South Slocan signed a management agreement last year with licensee Dale Kooner, intending to eventually acquire the tenure. …Geoff Bekker, Interfor’s Castlegar division woods manager, views Blue Ridge’s involvement as “definitely positive.” …Bill Kestell, a former woodlands manager with Meadow Creek Cedar, who now works for Salmo’s Porcupine Wood Products, is also hesitant to endorse the plan. .

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Tembec appoints new Executive Vice President to lead the Specialty Cellulose Group

Canada Newswire press release
February 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Tembec is announcing the departure of Executive Vice President, Specialty Cellulose and Chemical Group, Yvon Pelletier and is pleased to appoint Christian Ribeyrolle as Executive Vice President, Specialty Cellulose. Mr. Pelletier will leave the Company on February 22, 2013. Mr. Ribeyrolle, who holds a chemical engineering degree from l’École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand in France, has been with Tembec for ten years.

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Town, Resolute reach a deal on tax appeal

Fort Frances Times Online
February 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Town of Fort Frances and Resolute Forest Products today reached a joint agreement to resolve outstanding assessment appeal complaints regarding the company’s mill here.
The property assessment will be reduced by 25 percent for the subject years 2009-12. Resolute had been seeking reductions of about 58 percent.  The joint settlement means the town will have to repay Resolute a total of $1.763 million ($2.111 million minus the education tax component).

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Idaho Lumber Mill Closing Without Paying Employees

KMVT.com
February 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Emmett, Idaho ( KBOI ) An Emmett lumber mill is closing down without paying employees, even with millions of dollars of tax money to help get it running. Now Emerald Forest Products employees are looking for answers.  …Here at the gate for Emerald Forest Products, there are a couple of signs you can’t see very well because of this tree but they indicate alot of stimulus money from the federal government… The company, run by Dick Vinson, was given 8 million dollars in federal stimulus money to help build the mill…It was a big celebration when it finally opened in 2010..

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Sawmill company has faced challenges in Europe

The State
February 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

COLUMBIA, SC — Klausner, a private Austrian company that operates two saw mills in Germany, draws praise for its lumber milling process and its ambitious efforts in the business world. But it also has had dust-ups with competitors, a skirmish with an environmental group, and financial struggles related to the economy. The Klausner Group is headed by Fritz Klausner, who expanded the business’s nearly 100-year-old saw milling operation in the early 1990s. In addition to its German mills, the company’s holdings include offices in four countries.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood Industry Pushing for Reform

DesignBuild Source
February 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Canada’s forest products industry is promoting wood as a building material while urging governments to allow taller wood buildings. …FPAC is also urging governments on both the federal and provincial
levels to change building codes to allow larger wood buildings. The
organization wishes to see wood building of up to six storeys in height
permitted by 2015 and wood buildings of up to 30 storeys allowed across
the country by 2020.

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Building activity linked to strong interest in WoodEXPO 2013

WoodExpo 2013
February 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

As anticipated by leading financial and economic commentators, the pace of building activity has finally started to pick up. Momentum in the New Zealand, Australian and US markets has continued from the positive activity seen at the beginning of this year. Domestic demand for structural and framing lumber in New Zealand is climbing through Auckland’s house building resurgence and the Christchurch rebuild.

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Forestry

Jobs minister Pat Bell will not seek re-election due to health issue

Global TV News
February 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jobs and labour minister Pat Bell has announced he is withdrawing as a B.C. Liberal candidate in the upcoming election due to a health issue. Bell was first elected in 2001 and has served in several ministerial roles. He represents the riding of Prince George-Mackenzie. Bell says he fell ill last fall and wasn’t getting better, so he went to see his family doctor, who discovered an unusual shadow on an x-ray. He underwent additional testing and it was determined he had a rare form of an aneurysm.

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Proactive solutions to training

As forest jobs disappeared, United Steelworkers Union became a leader in retraining
Vancouver Sun
February 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

United Steelworkers Local 1-242 is the largest geographical local in Canada, representing 6,000 members in forestry, mining, electrical and automobile sectors in northern B.C. In 2004, the resource industries faced a declining market and in 2006, the forest industry started to close mills and curtail operations. The USW local formed a committee of local service providers and education facilities to map a plan for action, as many in the forest sector had never been unemployed.

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Forest Service seeks public input on planning rule directives

USDA Forest Service
February 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Forest Service has released and is seeking public comment on the proposed 2012 Planning Rule Directives, the key set of agency guidance documents that will direct implementation of the 2012 Planning Rule. …The proposed directives will help the Forest Service achieve the vision articulated in the 2012 Planning Rule – to develop, revise and amend land management plans that protect and restore National Forests and Grasslands for the benefit of communities, natural resources and the environment.

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Next step for O&C lands

Register Guard
February 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The 14 county commissioners, environmentalists and timber industry representatives who made up Gov. John Kitzhaber’s O&C Lands Panel were surprisingly upbeat when they delivered their report last week. Sen. Ron Wyden, in his new position as chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, should recognize the panel’s work as a good beginning toward a consensus on management of the O&C lands, and convene hearings in pursuit of further progress.

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Kitzhaber’s timber plan needs clarity

Statesman Journal
February 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Give Oregon’s governor an “A’’ for effort. His panel of timber executives, county leaders and environmentalists was a noble effort to find consensus on a persistent logging standoff. And it made some progress.  In the end, however, Gov. John Kitzhaber has to hand the problem back to its rightful owner, Congress. The so-called “O&C” funding crisis is a creature of the federal government, and only the feds can tame it. …The governor released a 94-page report last week on the panel’s work. Notably missing was a specific proposal.

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Oregon’s public forests get thrown over the funding cliff: Guest opinion

The Oregonian
February 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

While Congress and the White House continue to wrangle over our nation’s fiscal health, Oregonians face our own government funding dilemma: How do we raise revenues for the cash-strapped O&C counties, which are home to 2.6 million acres of federal forestland known as the O&C lands? …As The Oregonian recently reported (“Timber panel can’t cut deal,” Feb. 7), we’ve been looking for revenue in all the wrong places, falsely assuming we can log our way out of this funding hole. In essence, we’ve been trying to throw our forests over the county funding cliff.

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Letter about fuels management in Flathead forest failed to include other purposes

by Allen Chrisman
The Missoulian
February 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Dick Artley’s letter to the editor posted on Feb. 5 was designed to mislead the reader. He contends that the decision by the Flathead National Forest to implement the Griffin Creek project is flawed because it did not consider an alternative to simply treat fine fuels near private land. He cites Jack Cohen’s research indicating the most effective treatments are within 300 feet of structures. He also accuses the forest supervisor of simply “getting the cut out.“

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Report: No human error in crew death at Idaho fire

Helena Independent Record
February 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Human error was not responsible for the death of a U.S. Forest Service firefighter last summer in northern Idaho, according to the federal agency. The agency’s investigation report released Friday did not “find any reckless actions or violations of policy or protocol,” The Lewiston Tribune reported ( http://bit.ly/12tOeRv). It found that the “tragedy resulted from the chance alignment of certain conditions.” One such condition was that the firefighter was working in an area where “fire-weakened trees could fall on their own with little or no warning.”

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A youth corps could help develop, manage O&C lands: Guest opinion

The Oregonian
February 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The future of Oregon’s O&C lands are up in the air, at least that’s what I gathered from Gov. John Kitzhaber’s O&C timber panel, and once again the status quo can’t make rational decisions for Oregon’s future (“Timber panel can’t cut deal,” Feb. 7). …What is tragically ignored in the O&C debate, however, is the idea of the federal government employing a corps of youth to go to work on much needed public works projects in southwest Oregon.

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USFS Region 1 review: Fire, beetle kills may change future projects

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
February 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the dictionary, a watershed can be a place defined by a specific river or drainage, or a crucial dividing point in time.  … In a year when the agency tried to stretch its influence across watershed or landscape scale, it also confronted forces like wildfire and bug epidemics that may force big changes in how it does its work. …The 2012 Year in Review publication released last week on the Internet features 24 pages of stories of projects, awards and accomplishments in Region 1.

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Those who rely on timberlands must effectively educate the public

by Julia Altemus, Montana Wood Products Association
The Missoulian
February 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A recent newspaper article stated that nearly three-fourths of Montana’s 100-member House of Representatives have less than two years’ experience. …With only 90 days to pass legislation addressing the concerns of their constituencies, the learning curve seems a mile wide and, at times, an inch deep. Those who rely on timberlands for jobs and tax revenue must do a more effective job of educating a larger public and in turn, our elected officials.

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Kentucky Division of Forestry reorganized, staff cut

The Courier-Journal
February 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Major changes are coming to the Kentucky Division of Forestry, starting tomorrow. Nine field offices will be reduced to five. Staffing will be shuffled around and reduced from 174 to possibly around 160 — on top of other reductions from recent years. …. The division is part of the natural resources department. Archer said he believes the agency may now have fewer professional foresters working in the field in the agency’s 100-year history.

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Forest exports at risk over certification non compliance

by First Union
Scoop.co.nz
February 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

New Zealand’s forest exports are being put risk as the industry continues to drag the chain on a key aspect of its certification, a union for workers in the wood industries says. Appalling forest safety statistics have been in the spotlight last year and in the first two months of the year with two deaths already reported.  … Now unions have been locked out of the current round
of safety briefings.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Province open to changing carbon offset program

News 1130
February 14, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – BC’s environment minister has suddenly come out saying he’s open to changes around carbon offsets that charge millions of dollars to schools, hospitals, and other public sector groups.  Critics have long called the practice a huge government cash grab and Jordan Bateman with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation wants to see the Pacific Carbon Trust scrapped altogether. …“I want to make it clear that our government remains committed to the policy of carbon neutrality,” says Environment Minister Terry Lake.

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