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Daily Archives: February 20, 2013

Business & Politics

Dix took photo op at Catalyst TSX relaunch but Premier stayed away

Business in Vancouver
February 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NDP leader Adrian Dix was the only politician of any stripe to accept an invitation to celebrate Catalyst Paper’s re-entry to the Toronto Stock Exchange. Dix joined Catalyst CEO Kevin Clarke at the TSX studio in Exchange Tower on January 15 for the day’s opening siren ceremony for Richmond-based Catalyst, whose new trading symbol is CYT. A week earlier, Catalyst faxed an invitation to the Office of the Premier, inviting Premier Christy Clark to appear for the photo opportunity.

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On the road to election 2013: B.C. forest industry continuing to recover

Business in Vancouver
February 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Dwight Yochim described his industry as “doing better, but still fragile.” The head of the Truck Loggers Association gave the BC Liberals a cautious thumbs-up for making efforts to diversify markets and harvesting. When the Liberals were elected in 2001, the coastal forest industry had already gone through six years of declining performance, in part because exports to Japan had dried up after the Kobe earthquake in 1995. The Forest Revitalization Act, introduced in 2003, was a major turning point.

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Lumber Prices Are Getting Ahead Of The Housing Market

Business Insider
February 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The lumber market has really come off the 2009 bottom of $140 per mbf and closed Friday at $399.80 per mbf on the back of good news out of the housing sector of the economy. The housing sector of the economy led the way in 2012 with record low interest rates, and investors and banks working through the foreclosed inventory, leading to a trending and steady rise in both average home prices and new constructions.

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Giant foreign lumber mill stokes SC dispute

State government support for foreign co. at center of SC forest dispute
The State
February 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ROWESVILLE — Not much happens in this speck of society, except for the sporadic flow of log trucks rattling toward a little sawmill on U.S. 21 south of Orangeburg. Soon, however, a giant competitor from Europe could be on the mill’s doorstep – a prospect that is generating questions about the mega-mill’s effect on existing lumber operations and the forests that supply them. Local mill owners say they are upset that the government is offering incentives so a large outside company can compete with smaller, family-owned mills.

Austria’s Klausner Lumber to Open Two Large US Sawmills from the Woodworking Network

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International raid targets illegal timber trade

BBC News
February 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Interpol has announced that it arrested nearly 200 people in a wide-ranging international operation against illegal logging and the trafficking of timber. The three-month effort spanned 12 Central and South American countries, and $8m (£5.2m) worth of timber was seized. Interpol says the illegal logging trade could be worth up to $100bn world-wide.

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Fire-hit sawmill faces uncertainty

ABC News, Australia
February 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The owners of a Kangaroo Island sawmill, where a large fire started on Saturday night, say it is unclear when or if the mill can begin operating again. The fire at the Timber Creek pine sawmill near Parndana has been contained but the Country Fire Service says a large pile of woodchips there continues to smoulder. The CEO of Rural Aus, John Ipsen, says some equipment suffered significant damage but he is relieved the situation was not worse. “If there was an incident where there had have been serious injury or loss of life or property that wasn’t ours, well then I would be very, very upset,” he said.

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Locals buy up specialty export logs

ABC News, Australia
February 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmanian timber workers have bought some specialty timber from a stockpile on the Burnie wharf marked for export. About 15,000 tonnes of logs are waiting for export to China. Yesterday, a dozen sawmillers and contractors met Forestry Tasmania’s chairman Bob Annells on the wharf to tell him they have been trying to buy specialty timber for 18 months. Private contractor Jason Weller says locals have secured about 400-cubic metres of the specialty logs.

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The Global Forest Industry in the 4Q/2012

Woodworking Network
February 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) increased by 1.5 percent to US$83.52/m3 in the 4Q/12 after having declined for five consecutive quarters. This time marked the longest period of continuous decline since the Index was established in 1995, falling continuously from the all-time-high in the 2Q/11 through the 3Q/12. Log prices were up in US dollar terms in practically all 17 regions that are included in the GSPI.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood Innovation Center Not Affected By Todays BC Budget

250 News
February 19, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George- Minister Pat Bell says the Wood Innovation Center to be built on the old site of the Prince George Hotel is in the capital budget and is not affected by anything contained in the budget presented in the legislature today.  Bell says the $25 million ear marked for the project was approved earlier and the money is available for the project. END

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Sudbury building highlights use of wood in industrial design

Northern Ontario Business
February 19, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

J.L. Richards architect Jeff Laberge will tell you that designing a building that is structurally sound, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sustainable comes with its own rewards. …n November, the firm was bestowed the Green Building Wood Design award from Wood WORKS! for its design of the Vale Living with Lakes Centre, a LEED platinum-certified pair of buildings situated on the shore of Ramsey Lake in Sudbury that opened in August 2011 to house the Co-operative Freshwater Ecology Unit.

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Japan Library Opening Ceremony & Public Market Groundbreaking Ceremony

Canada Wood Blog
February 19, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Two very special ceremonies took place in Japan on January 18, 2013: An official opening ceremony for the Donguri Ann” Public Library in Natori City and a groundbreaking ceremony for the Yuriage Public Market in Natori City. Both projects are supported by the Canadian government and feature Canadian wood throughout.

Click here to watch the video from Canada Wood

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Forestry

Stripped: not much forest left to hold the water in, Fraser warns

Cowichan Valley Citizen
February 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Shawnigan Lake area director Bruce Fraser sounded the alarm Feb. 13 that his watershed area was losing its forest cover at an alarming rate. In a presentation at the CVRD board meeting, Fraser urged his colleagues to consider what actions might be taken by a regional district to preserve this necessary part of the Valley’s ecosystem. …”In the past 15 years or so we have logged, cleared and gravel-pitted most of the Shawnigan Lake basin. Our basin has been denuded of a lot of its water-retaining forest. There will be no mature forest left there very soon,” he said.

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Comment: Forests bill urgently in need of a rewrite

by Judith Sayers and Ben Parfitt
Victoria Times Colonist
February 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It wasn’t so long ago that the B.C. government was investing political capital in striking a more productive “new relationship” with First Nations. Which makes it all the more disturbing that in the midst of the short upcoming legislative session, the provincial government intends to introduce a bill that could result in the single largest giveaway of public forest lands in our history — a bill that would unnecessarily drive up the costs of resolving outstanding aboriginal rights and title issues to the financial detriment of all British Columbians.

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Innovation key to close Canada’s productivity gap

The average Canadian worker contributes about $10,000 less to national gross domestic product each year than the average American worker
Vancouver Sun
February 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

By now, it’s a cliché: work smarter, not harder.  . …Researchers at the University of British Columbia and more recently the University of Northern B.C., have advanced the province’s forestry industry through both technological and forest management innovation. UBC attracts the greatest amount of forestry research funding of any university in Canada. …Innovative thinking about social and economic issues, rather than technological advance, has also wrought change in recent decades — such as the restructuring of B.C.’s commercial fishery and forestry sectors as a result of government inquiries led by UBC resource economist Peter Pearse.

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B.C. Budget 2013 – Pragmatic Budget for the Times

Coast Forest Products Association
February 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Coast Forest Products Association and its member companies supported Finance Minister Mike de Jong’s budget announcement today in Victoria while acknowledging that it will have mixed results for the industry. …“We applaud the government’s balanced budget even though there will be fundamental implications for our industry,” says Rick Jeffery, President & CEO of Coast Forest Products Association. …Implications to B.C.’s coastal forestry will come mainly from the new tax environment. The corporate income tax rate increase will hit at time when it is only just returning to profitability.

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More delays in Nova Scotia setting clearcutting rules

Chronicle Herald
February 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government has quietly extended the timeline for setting rules on whole-tree harvesting, something it first expected to have in place a year ago. An update of the strategy posted on the Natural Resources Department’s website says the whole-tree harvesting rules are now expected in June. …Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker said Monday that the major issues in the pulp and paper industry in the last 18 months — the closure of the Bowater mill in Queens County and the closure and re-start of the Point Tupper mill — threw the department off track.

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Can Idaho turn a profit with federal lands?

The Idaho Statesman
February 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Probably. Department of Lands says the state could come out ahead if it’s able to force the federal government to give up some of its millions of acres of land in Idaho. Idaho could net $51 million to $75 million annually if it convinced the federal government to turn over 16.4 million acres of its land to the state. …The $75 million is based on the revenues that could be returned after a 15-year transition of 7 million acres of forest land that foresters estimated could yield 800 million board feet of timber annually.

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Forest officials warn of logging traffic near Lake Como

Ravalli Republic
February 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LAKE COMO – The Bitterroot National Forest is advising travelers that there will be intermittent logging traffic near the Lake Como Recreation Area on the Darby Ranger District, beginning this week. Travelers are advised to drive with extra caution, as there will be machinery and log trucks traveling the roads during the weekdays and weekends over the next few months. In order to provide visitor safety, an area closure is in place around the east end of Lake Como, including the horse camp and group site areas..

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Idaho forest companies seek lawsuit protections

The Idaho Statesman
February 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho’s private forestry companies want to buttress their protections against federal wildfire lawsuits that they say have been costly for companies elsewhere.  Idaho Forest Group lobbyist Jeremy Chou told the House Resources Committee Tuesday his client’s measure restates Idaho’s law putting limits on damages caused by an unintentional wildfire on private land that spreads to public land. Chou cited a California case in which he says that state’s largest timber company settled with the U.S. Forest Service for what he termed “unreasonable amounts.”

Forest companies in Idaho lobby for their protections against federal wildfire lawsuits from the Associated Press

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Salvage logging proposed

The Nugget News
February 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Forest Service is proposing salvage logging on 1,051 acres of the area burned by the Pole Creek Fire last year. The fire, which started on September 9, 2012 and was declared contained on October 17, 2012, burned over some 21,120 acres south and southwest of Sisters. The proposed salvage would be confined to “matrix” lands – acreage managed for timber. The salvage is restricted to areas of severe, stand-killing fire; mixed-mortality areas won’t be logged.

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Police called to logging protest

ABC News, Australia
February 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Anti-logging protesters are blocking a forestry road in Tasmania’s south in an area that they say has been nominated for world heritage protection. Police are at the Butlers George site where 15 Still Wild, Still Threatened campaigners are protesting. Two have locked themselves onto a structure on the road and others are carrying banners. The group’s spokeswoman Miranda Gibson says protesters are trying to catch the attention of Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke.

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42000 emails to PM urge forest defence

Tasmania Examiner
February 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THE Prime Minister’s office has been bombarded with more than 42,000 protest emails since Friday calling for an end to logging in Tasmanian forests nominated for World Heritage protection.  According to campaign website Forests.org, 42,793 people from 79 countries had emailed a copy of a letter to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, federal Environment Minister Tony Burke and Australian embassies by last night.

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Call for compensation over Choiseul logging damage

Radio New Zealand International
February 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A Solomon Islands tribal leader in Choiseul province is calling for compensation to be awarded over what he says is the unauthorised crossing of a river by loggers. Gendley Galo is the chief of the Rege tribe, related to the Taplakana tribe, in north east Choiseul. He says a logging company operating on Taplakana land has destroyed two hectares of mangroves and taken rocks protecting a cemetery for a wharf.

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General

Crown wood agency becomes operational this spring

Northern Ontario Business
February 19, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is still aiming for a spring startup date to roll out a new Crown forest agency on the north shore of Lake Superior.  …Dubbed the Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation, the new agency will market and oversee the sale of Crown timber in the forest around Marathon, Manitouwadge and the Pic Mobert First Nation. The corporation will govern about two million cubic metres of fibre on five management units: the Nagagami, White River, Big Pic, Black River, and the Pic River Ojibway forests.

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