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Daily Archives: February 22, 2013

Business & Politics

Western Forest Products promotes president to CEO

Canadian Press
February 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products Inc. has promoted Don Demens to chief executive officer, the latest in a series of positions with the Vancouver-based lumber producer. The announcement comes as Western Forest reports the highest sales in its history last year, $925.4-million, amid improved market conditions. In the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, Western Forest had $231.2-million in revenue and $14.6-million in net income or three cents per share.

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Surge in lumber prices good for Alberta

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

A resurgence in house construction south of the border and strong demand for wood products in Asia continue to push up lumber prices. Brock Mulligan with the Alberta Forest Products Association tells 660News, one thousand board feet of lumber is currently fetching $408.00, which is up from $284.00 this time last year. Alberta’s forestry industry is the third largest in the country, behind British Columbia and Quebec.

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Pat Bell’s Legacy for BC Coast Forestry

Coast Forest Products Association
February 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

This week it was announced that Minister Pat Bell would not seek re-election for another term as the MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie. His decision was based on medical reasons and we wish him all of the best for a speedy recovery and good health. …When he was Minister of Forests, Minister Bell was a tireless advocate for BC forestry as it developed and grew the Chinese market. His work on trade missions was instrumental in building strong relationships with customers and government in China which later became important to sustaining the industry during the recession.

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Canfor enjoys 75 years

Prince George Citizen
February 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The biggest company in Prince George is also one of the region’s oldest. Canfor turns 75 this year, and the forestry giant held a party in Prince George Thursday for about 200 of their staff and supporters. More festivities will come throughout the year. Had this benchmark been reached three years ago, the mood might not be so festive, but 2013 is a new era compared to the global economic downturn – a crash that pushed down especially hard on the U.S. construction industry and the Canadian lumber that it uses.

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Mill owner protests log export change

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
February 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – A member of the B.C. government’s Timber Export Advisory Committee has resigned so he can speak out about what he calls a disastrous policy mistake for the south coastal sawmill industry. David Gray’s Mill and Timber Products Ltd. owns two mills in Metro Vancouver. Smallwood Sawmill in the Port Kells industrial area of Surrey has been shut down for a year and a half, and Flavelle Sawmill in Port Moody is running at half capacity. ….What the government billed as a minor administrative change is “the straw that broke the camel’s back” for B.C. mills bidding on logs against aggressive log buyers in China, Gray said.

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Dryden’s Jim Blight earns Mill Manager of the Year recognition from Industry Association

Canada Newswire press release
February 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Domtar Corporation today announced that Jim Blight, General Manager of the Domtar mill in Dryden, Ontario, was named Mill Manager of the Year at the annual PaperWeek Canada industry conference in Montreal. The award is given out by the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada, or PAPTAC, to recognize outstanding leadership and performance results in the Canadian pulp and paper industry. Jim has worked at the Dryden Mill since 1998, and has been in the General Manager role since 2007.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Fire Code May Allow for Six Storey Wood Construction

DesignBuild Source – Canada
February 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

A task group finds buildings in Canada made of combustible materials could safety be increased to six storeys if new protection measures are introduced. A task group established in 2011 and encompassing several Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) standing committees has found that subject to a number of conditions, buildings made of wood and other combustible materials could safely be built as high as six storeys. 

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Video: CANFOR Red Lumber

CANFOR
February 22, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Canfor RED is unique SPF lumber offered only by Canfor. The wood is harvested from regions with limited exposure to the mountain pine beetle. Canfor RED lumber offers the same grades and structural performance as Canfor’s other quality lumber products, with appearance benefits.

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10-storey timber residential high-rise won’t burn or fall down

LeadingCompany
February 22, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Developer Lend Lease has received approval to build a 10-storey timber residential tower, the tallest of its kind in the world, the Australian Financial Review reports today. The building has received approval despite having a wooden fire stair. Although wooden buildings as high as four stories have been built in China for centuries, it has recently been taken up with enthusiam by architects and developers. They are keen to shift to the use of timber in high-rise building because it is considers a “carbon sink’ while concrete and steel are greenhouse gas intensive to produce.

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Forestry

Audit of Interfor on north central coast finds good practices

BC Forest Practices Board
February 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of Interfor’s operations on the north central coast found compliance with B.C.’s forestry legislation as well as the Central North Coast and South Central Coast Orders which support ecosystem-based management (EBM), according to a report released today. “This is a challenging operating area, and the board would like to acknowledge Interfor’s diligence in applying the planning and operational requirements of EBM,” said Al Gorley, board chair.

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Budget Cuts Amidst Forest Crisis Ires Critics

‘Difficult decision’ to trim silviculture funding until next year: minister.
The Tyee
February 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Budget cuts announced for forest stewardship in British Columbia are signs of the government’s short term thinking, a theft from future generations and evidence that recent commitments were lies, according to critics. The minister responsible, Steve Thomson, acknowledges the ministry made sacrifices to help balance the provincial budget, but argues the key inventory work is being done to prepare for future years when the budget is restored. “Significant cuts to budgets that were already inadequate,” was how the NDP’s forestry critic, Norm Macdonald, characterized the budget for the ministry of forests, lands and natural resource operations.

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Film focuses on Cortes Island logging dispute with Timberlands

Campbell River Mirror
February 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Vancouver filmmaker has turned his camera onto the ongoing battle between Cortes Islanders who want sustainable logging and the corporate interests which intend to harvest private lands. “This is not an anti-logging film,” states Daniel Pierce, during a phone interview from his Vancouver office. It was a year ago when the 27-year-old Simon Fraser film grad was hired as videographer to cover the story on Cortes for a Vancouver publication.

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B.C. failing biodiversity, says report

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

The B.C. government is not doing enough to protect the province’s biodiversity — and does not seem to clearly understand what biodiversity is, according to a report by the provincial auditor general. John Doyle’s review also found the government is not adequately measuring its progress and doesn’t know if its actions have been effective in conserving the vast array of life in the province and the ecosystems that support them.

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

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State forests look for financial answers: Just in with the editorial board

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

State Forester Doug Decker and Oregon Board of Forestry Chair Tom Imeson met with The Oregonian editorial board today to discuss issues facing state forests. Decker and Imeson discussed the Department of Forestry’s role in three areas: management of state forests, fire protection for forestlands and advocacy for Oregon in federal forest policy. But much of the discussion revolved around a common theme: money. In short, Imeson and Decker said, the department needs to change its management approach to be economically viable. At the least, that means looking for new management strategies.

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Va. forestry officials team up to save forestland

Associated Press
February 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Department of Forestry teamed up with federal, state and private partners to preserve thousands of critical acres in southeastern Virginia last year. The preservation effort included 216 acres along the Nottoway River in Southampton County, 2,348 acres in Isle of Wight County and 2,885 acres along the Blackwater River in the city of Suffolk. Forestry officials say the conservation easements involved an upland pine plantation, 1 of the state’s largest of stands of old-growth cypress and the largest remaining longleaf pine seed trees in the state.

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Decoys Could Blunt Spread of Ash-Killing Beetles

Science Daily
February 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Feb. 18, 2013 — As the emerald ash borer ravages North American ash trees, threatening the trees’ very survival, a team of entomologists and engineers may have found a way to prevent the spread of the pests. …  The purpose of the decoys is to trap the males so that populations of
emerald ash borers can be detected in new locations quickly, paving the
way for efficient use of other control methods, according to the
researchers.

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