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Daily Archives: February 21, 2013

Business & Politics

Domtar Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

PR Newswire
February 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors has approved its fourth quarterly dividend for the 2012 fiscal year on its common stock  and on Domtar (Canada) Paper Inc. exchangeable shares.  The dividend of US$0.45 per share is payable on April 15, 2013 to stockholders of record on March 15, 2013.  END

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Outlook good for manufacturing, forestry in 2013

by Scott Simpson – Conference Board of Canada outlook puts Vancouver near top of municipal economie
Vancouver Sun
February 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s manufacturing and forestry industries should enjoy respectable growth in 2013, a new report from the Conference Board of Canada suggests. …However, within a couple of years, the forest sector will face ongoing supply constraints arising from the ongoing pine beetle infestation, the board warns. “Supplies of salvageable pine beetle-infested wood will start to run out. This is expected to tip the industry into a downturn as it adjusts to the significant reduction of available timber,” the report said.

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Economic opportunity “staggering,” says minister

Daily Herald Tribune
February 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The federal minister of public works and status for women emphasized the abundance of opportunities in northern Alberta and the important role it plays in the Canadian economy on Wednesday at day one of the Growing the North Conference. …A forestry road map panel comprised of a provincial minister and two major players in the forestry industry kicked off the afternoon fielding questions about innovation, growth, sustainability and solutions. The road map is a partnership between the government and the forest industry to strengthen Alberta’s role in North America’s forest products sector.

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Brink Launches Suit Against BCR Properties

250 News
February 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- John A. Brink Investments has filed a civil suit against BCR Properties over a property in the BCR site in Prince George. The petition says Brink Investments entered into a lease agreement with the defendant on property in the BCR industrial site in mid 2005. The plan was to develop a mill that could handle beetle killed wood for the production of finger joint products or pellets. Brink’s petition says it was estimated the mill operation would require about 100 acres.

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Province has a plan to help mill: Dunderdale

The Telegram
February 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Premier Kathy Dunderdale and Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall said Wednesday that the province is prepared to help Corner Brook Pulp and Paper continue to operate. First, though, the company and its unions need to settle their issues. Dunderdale and Marshall spoke about the mill at the Sir Richard Squires Building in Corner Brook, where the premier and her cabinet members had been meeting for two days.

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Emerald Forest shuts down

Messenger Index
February 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Employees will get paid; owner heads back to bankruptcy court Emerald Forest Products owner Richard Vinson said Monday employees will receive final wages Wednesday and he expects to sell the Emmett mill. “The mill is officially shut down. I do believe the mill will go on with someone else there,” Vinson said Monday afternoon, adding that two groups are interested in purchasing it. Meanwhile, Vinson will appear in U.S. Bankruptcy court next Tuesday, Feb. 26, before Judge Jim Pappas.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Introducing the ‘LAB’

FPInnovations
February 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

FPInnovations, Canada’s forest research centre, has created a collaborative, online innovation platform called the FPIntell LAB. The goal of this site is to bring technology, creativity and experience together to solve issues related to wood product innovation. We believe by working together, we can create a stronger value added sector for the good of our country and our environment. A variety of collaborative projects related to innovation in wood will be hosted on the LAB.

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Changes to allow six-storey wood construction under consideration for National Codes

National Research Council
February 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) is taking a closer look at requirements in the 2010 National Building and Fire Codes of Canada that currently limit the height of wood buildings to no more than four storeys. The initiative was undertaken as a result of code change requests from the Province of British Columbia and the Canadian Wood Council asking that the current height limits for combustible construction be increased.

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Research to Help Push the Limits of Mass Timber in Canada

Journal of Commerce
February 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Presented by NewBuildS! Scientific director Dr. Ying Hei Chui, the seminar delved into the many ways research is being implemented to tackle large wood builds. Chui pointed out that in 1941, the national building code did not allow for wood structures above four storeys. Some European countries based their code on performance and not on arbitrary storey requirements, but Canada’s building code remained fixed on hard limits for wood structures.

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Wood construction tries to grow up

Condo developers looking to wood as low-cost alternative to concrete for midrise residential projects
Toronto Star
February 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Steven Street spent some time this week in the Vancouver area, seeing with his own eyes what all the fuss and fear has been about. The wood industry executive, along with a few Ontario engineers and architects, toured half a dozen new British Columbia condo developments. On paper, the buildings might sound radical. But, in reality, they seemed to Street and others on the daylong excursion exactly what they were meant to be — nice, affordable places to live. Until four years ago, these six-storey condo projects would have been built out of concrete and steel.

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World’s tallest timber building

Journal of Commerce
February 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

David Cracknell, the senior construction manager (development) for Lend Lease Australia talked to the audience at the Large Wood Structures Symposium at the Vancouver Convention Centre on February 20 about the Forte Melbourne Project, the world’s tallest timber building. Cracknell said Lend Lease used Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) for a number of reasons. CLT offered an opportunity to commercialize sustainability, and also meant shorter construction times.

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Large Span/Large Scale Glulam Project Case Studies

Journal of Commerce
February 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Johannes Lederbauer of International Timber Projects (ITP) from Austria was on hand at the Large Wood Structures Symposium held on January 20 at the Vancouver Convention Centre to talk about “Large Span/Large Scale Glulam Project Case Studies.” Lederbauer’s first case study was the Ballyogan Depot in Ireland, a multi-storey timber building with a Glulam frame and CLT slabs. It was rated R60 for fire resistance and has an external, exposed glulam façade.

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Bigger, Better Faster

Journal of Commerce
February 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The second seminar of the day at the Large Wood Structures Symposium was “Bigger, Better, Faster – Large Wood Structures Need Efficient System Solutions” led by professor Leander Bathon from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering Building Materials and Structures Hochschule ReinMain University in Weisbaden, Germany. Bathon gave numerous examples of wood structures built in Europe over the past several decades.

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Forestry

New SFI Vice President to Promote Forest Conservation and Broaden Engagement with the Indigenous People of North America

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
February 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

OTTAWA, CANADA and WASHINGTON, D.C. – Andrew de Vries has joined the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® as Vice President, Conservation, Indigenous and Government Relations. He will oversee the SFI® conservation program in Canada and engage Native Americans, First Nations and Metis groups both in the development and use of the SFI standard. Andrew will also work with governments in Canada and Europe to ensure inclusive forest certification related policies.

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Forestry Focus of Convention

250 News
February 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The Association of BC Forest Professionals get down to business today as the group’s annual convention and AGM continues in Prince George. The convention them is “ Forestry: The Future is Growing”. Sessions and speakers will be addressing a number of issues as they pertain to forestry, from employment recruitment and retention to new technology. Yesterday a full day of pre-conference workshops offered some new ideas that can be used in the field right away.

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Aboriginals swelling forestry pro ranks

Prince George Citizen
February 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Not long ago, the number of professional aboriginal foresters could be counted on one hand, but not anymore. Matt Wealick, the chief operations officer of the Ch-ihl-kway-uhk Forestry Company, a branch of the Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe (Chilliwack), which has a number of forestry interests including a tree farm license and forest management agreement, was the province’s 13th aboriginal forester. Terry Teegee became the 26th aboriginal when he became a forester.

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B.C. land protection insufficient to conserve species biodiversity: report

by Larry Pynn – ForestEthics Solutions calls for new protected areas to link designated lands
Vancouver Sun
February 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmental protection of B.C.’s landscapes is fragmented, inconsistent and falls woefully short of what scientists say is needed to conserve species biodiversity, according to a comprehensive land-use review released Thursday by environmentalists. The report by Vancouver-based ForestEthics Solutions with assistance from West Coast Environmental Law, says 15.55 per cent of the B.C.’s land base (including private property and water bodies) has been placed in the highest categories of protection. That includes 14.4 per cent as parks and protected areas, and 1.15 per cent as wildlife management areas and municipal watersheds.

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New legislation aimed at ensuring forests better managed

February 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest Act amendments introduced Wednesday are aimed at improving forest management. The legislation proposes to add a new section to the Forest Act that will allow conversion of volume-based forest licences to area-based tree-farm licences in some cases. …“This would improve the stewardship of the timber supply,” said Forests Minister Steve Thomson in a conference call with reporters.

Forest reform sparks privatization debate from the BC Local News
New Legislation Aims to Help Pine Beetle Impacted Areas from HQPrinceGeorge

Click here to read the press release from the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Operations

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We must address logging around our water

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

We need to take better care of our watersheds. To do so would mean more regulations on logging that private landowners in the forestry business will not like. But we’re coming to a tipping point where the very survival of our water sources is at stake. We’ve been stripping our forests in B.C. at an unsustainable rate for decades, and it comes as no surprise that we’re now starting to feel that same philosophy uncomfortably close to our towns, cities and yes, our watersheds.

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Report on Sask. forests released

CTV News
February 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Over half of Saskatchewan is covered by boreal forest. While the land of living skies is famous for its patchwork fields of canola and wheat, there are more 34 million hectares of publicly owned forests in the province. According to a report released by the Ministry of Environment on Wednesday, Saskatchewan forests are in good health. The report is released annually, and contributes to major assessments that are released every ten years.

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

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Forest Act changes under fire

Battle in the woods predicted as companies compete timber supply
Kamloops Daily News
February 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Legislation the government says will support forest stewardship and recovery from mountain pine beetle devastation will instead trigger a new battle in the woods as companies compete for diminishing timber supply, says an opposition critic. …Independent MLA Bob Simpson, whose Cariboo North riding is in the centre of pine beetle destruction, takes issue with those contentions. …“Here’s the reality: if that bill is passed, that is the law. There is nothing in the law to ensure that companies will first consult.”

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Resource development remains ‘unknown and unmanaged,’ warns Forest Practices Board

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
February 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Forest Practices Board auditors visited a cutblock near Chetwynd to check on seedlings replanted by logging company Canfor, instead of a healthy young forest, they found a gravel pit. A mining company was operating the gravel pit. And the seedlings, of course, were gone. The gravel operation was situated within a tree farm licence, but Canfor had not been told of the change in land use, which according to a bulletin the independent forests watchdog issued this week, is only one example of a long list of competing activities within that single tree farm licence.

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New legislation aimed at ensuring forests better managed

February 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest Act amendments introduced Wednesday are aimed at improving forest management. The legislation proposes to add a new section to the Forest Act that will allow conversion of volume-based forest licences to area-based tree-farm licences in some cases. …“This would improve the stewardship of the timber supply,” said Forests Minister Steve Thomson in a conference call with reporters.

Forest reform sparks privatization debate from the BC Local News
New Legislation Aims to Help Pine Beetle Impacted Areas from HQPrinceGeorge

Click here to read the press release from the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Operations

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Logging conference keeps rolling

February 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Logging Conference is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and Christian Papé figures his family’s company, the Papé Group, has been present at the conference for most, if not all, of those years. “We’re celebrating our 75th anniversary, too,” he said. The Papé Group — which today provides equipment, parts and service to the construction, forestry, warehousing, material handling and trucking industries — has been a fixture at the show for at least 60 to 65 years, Papé said.

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In Portland: A Tree Vs. A Trail

Oregon Public Broadcasting
February 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A city crew was removing a handful of trees from alongside Pier Park in North Portland today. They’re clearing a path for a pedestrian bridge that will connect Pier Park with neighboring Chimney Park and a 10-mile stretch of trails linking North Portland to downtown. So far they’ve left one important tree standing: A 120-foot giant sequoia tree measuring 80 feet around its trunk. The Portland Department of Parks and Recreation says the tree will need to be removed if plans for the trail are going to continue.

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High-elevation forest mortality continues as spruce surpasses lodgepole

Climate change the likely driver?
Aspen Business Journal
February 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As the mountain pine beetle epidemic tapers off after killing much of Colorado’s lodgepole forests, it has been surpassed by another epidemic in the upper-elevation forests. “For the first time in recent years, the acreage impacted by spruce beetle surpassed that of the mountain pine beetle,” said interim State Forester Joe Duda in the 2012 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests released Feb. 20.

State Forester: Bark Beetle Epidemic Only One Forest Health Concern from Colorado State University

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Logging conference keeps rolling

February 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Logging Conference is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and Christian Papé figures his family’s company, the Papé Group, has been present at the conference for most, if not all, of those years. “We’re celebrating our 75th anniversary, too,” he said. The Papé Group — which today provides equipment, parts and service to the construction, forestry, warehousing, material handling and trucking industries — has been a fixture at the show for at least 60 to 65 years, Papé said.

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Forest protest economic sabotage: Libs

Tasmania Examiner
February 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A forest protest in the Central Highlands is costing contractors about $20,000 a day, according to the state Liberals. Opposition forestry spokesman Peter Gutwein described the protest, by up to 10 members of environmental group Still Wild, Still Threatened, as a disgraceful act of economic sabotage. The group is protesting in Butlers Gorge near Lake King William. One protesters has chained themself to a gate while another climbed into a tree sit. Mr Gutwein said up to 20 workers were being denied access to their lawful jobs.

Forest protest enters second day from ABC News, Australia

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Group claims trees worth more than logs

Donnybrook-Bridgetown Mail
February 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

AN end to logging in native forests could profit Western Australia by more than $400 million a year, according to new research by the Australia Institute.  The report said logging was not only harmful to the environment, but cost the WA millions in potential profits. Western Australia Forest Alliance spokeswoman Jess Beckerling said the research confirmed long-standing views by the anti-logging lobby. “What it means is that we stand to profit substantially by protecting our forests,” she said.

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