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Daily Archives: February 25, 2013

Business & Politics

Work continues on huge electrical generation plant at Harmac

Nanaimo Daily News
February 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Harmac pulp mill is one step closer to being entirely self-sufficient, energy-wise, after the arrival of a generator and a turbine for the facility’s new $45-million electrical generation plant. Nanaimo Forest Products, which owns the mill, and B.C. Hydro signed a 15-year agreement last year that will see Harmac sell approximately 15 megawatts from the 25-megawatt plant to the Crown corporation, while using the rest to help meet the mill’s power demands.

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Conifex Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

Marketwire press release
February 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Conifex Timber Inc. today reported a net loss of $3.6 million or $0.18 per share for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to a net loss of $2.8 million or $0.19 per share for the previous quarter and a net loss of $7.5 million or $0.49 per share for the fourth quarter of 2011. The net loss for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $16.2 million or $0.86 per share compared to a net loss of $16.9 million or $1.11 per share for the year ended December 31, 2011.

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Veneer plant gets thorough inspection after fire

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

The Tolko veneer plant in Heffley Creek got a close inspection Thursday after a fire broke out Wednesday at about 11 p.m. Fire Insp. Dan Funk said that with recent incidents at B.C. mills, sources of explosive material are on top of the check list. The Tolko plant checked out fine. “They’ve been generally good with keeping up with their maintenance.”

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Catalyst CEO coming to Valley

Alberni Valley Times
February 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper became publicly traded a little more than a month ago. On Tuesday, Catalyst CEO and president Kevin Clarke will visit Port Alberni to provide an update on the company’s initiatives….  The public is welcome to attend the city hall meeting, according to a memo from city hall. According to Mayor John Douglas, one of the major topics that will come up is the possibility of advanced educational opportunities in the Alberni Valley, specifically in the fibre industry, working in conjunction with North Island College.

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Agreement in principle

Kapuskasing Times
February 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada


Chief Roger Wesley of Constance Lake First Nation and Ben Lecours of Lecours Lumber Company Ltd. announced today that they have reached tentative agreements on the terms and conditions for a new land lease and related provisions on employment and business opportunities, that will provide the needed certainty for the continuation of the Lecours Sawmill Operation which is located on Constance Lake First Nation reserve lands. “We are very pleased with the agreements we have reached today, it’s been a very meaningful journey and now we move forward in mutual respect,” said Chief Roger Wesley.

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Flathead sees soaring lumber prices

KPAX-TV
February 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

KALISPELL – Lumber prices are on the rise nationwide, and it’s affecting Flathead Valley lumber suppliers. Kalispell ProBuild General Manager Brent Hall says he has never seen prices escalate this quickly before, and attributes part of that to the cost of diesel fuel and environmental concerns. But, he says that price spikes, like this one, are part of this industry and news of increased lumber costs did not come as a surprise to him or his staff.

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Gunns creditors unlikely to recover debts

ABC News, Australia
February 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A report by the administrators of collapsed Tasmanian timber company Gunns says unsecured creditors are unlikely to recover their debts. PPB Advisory’s report says it is also unlikely banks will recover the $440 million owed to them by the failed company. The report was released to creditors on Monday afternoon. It says the downturn in the woodchip industry contributed to Gunns’ collapse in September.

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North-East’s timber revival

Tasmania Examiner
February 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

THE former Gunns Ling Siding plant will return to production if a bid by a Scottsdale timber company succeeds.   Stronach Timber Industries managing director Michael Brill said yesterday that he wanted to relocate his business to the former Gunns site and grow it as a regional timber production hub. Stronach is about a kilometre from Ling Siding, on the Tasman Highway, and made an unsuccessful bid for the site just before Gunns went into receivership last year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Forte Build – time lapse video

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

Lend Lease’s Forte Apartments in Victoria Harbour, Melbourne Australia, the world’s tallest modern wooden apartment building.  The podium is concrete, the upper nine stories are cross laminated timber (CLT), including the fire stairs. See how long the pilings and the podium take to complete compared to the CLT stories.

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Forestry

Canadians want resources national, not provincial. Will leaders listen?

Globe and Mail
February 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Canada’s history, geography and geology have ensured that the country’s natural resources – minerals, fisheries, forests, oil and gas – will always be central to its economic and political power. As a decentralized confederation, it is the provinces rather than the national government that have primary jurisdiction over these resources to exploit and manage more or less as they see fit. …But do Canadians as a whole buy into the notion that the economic benefits of natural resource wealth should flow solely to the provinces in which these resources are found?

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Wild Forests

Campbell River Courier-Islander
February 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Real forests are wild. The forests of human contrivance are tree farms, plantations, monocultures, timber supply areas. Such clusters of trees may superficially appear to be real forests, but they are less complex, less organic, less living and therefore less enduring. And they were handicapped by their beginning. Instead of originating and developing by the creative randomness of biological chance, their growth was guided by a defined purpose.

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B.C. commits to renewing outdated forest inventories

Critic counters 10-year plan is too long and overdue
Vancouver Sun
February 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province on Friday committed $8 million a year to a 10-year plan for renewing long-out-of-date inventories of the province’s forests.  The work will ensure 35-million hectares of British Columbia forests that have been devastated by the mountain pine beetle are properly inventoried, said Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations..

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

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Forest tenures spark controversy

Vernon Morning Star
February 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government has introduced amendments to allow the conversion of volume-based forest cutting permits to area-based tenures, a move that some have described as a move toward privatization of Crown forests. Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson has warned that the move could lead to public forests coming under the control of large forest companies.  Jason Fisher, vice-president of Dunkley Lumber, rejects the privatization argument. His company bought a volume-based tenure at Fort St. James in 2009 when it took over Stewart Lake Lumber, and also holds an area-based tree farm licence at Hixon between Prince George and Quesnel.

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Thousands rally against federal government’s EI reform

CBC News
February 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Thousands of protesters across the province of Quebec, in Ottawa and in Tracadie, N.B., took part in demonstrations denouncing the government’s employment insurance reform Saturday.  The government’s changes to the EI program compel laid-off seasonal workers to go farther afield to look for work and to accept jobs that pay as little as 70 per cent of their previous hourly wage — providing that is not below the province’s minimum wage rate. …The majority of people who took part in similar protests in Saguenay were workers involved in the province’s forestry industry.

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US Forest Service chief: Next-generation air tankers on way

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


CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The U.S. Forest Service will award long-delayed contracts to add several large, jet-powered air tankers to the nation’s fleet of firefighting planes in about two months, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Friday. The next-generation air tankers are required to be able to cruise at more than 340 mph while fully loaded with no less than 3,000 gallons of fire retardant. The planes are sorely needed – the fleet has dwindled to 11 from 44 a decade ago.

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Loggers cruise cutting-edge timber tech at 75th Oregon confab

KVAL
February 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The show is spread out across the fairgrounds, filling the parking lot with logs, heavy machinery and sawdust, as well as chainsaw carving exhibitions and demonstrations of latest logging technology. “The equipment show is kind of a one stop shopping place for loggers,” said Don Hardwick, Oregon Logging Conference president  Celebrating their 75th year, Hardwick said anyone visiting will walk away with a better understanding of the industry, as well as the history surrounding one of the biggest trades in the Pacific northwest.

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Forest Service seeks comments on thinning project

Billings Gazette
February 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

DARBY — The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comments about its 5,640-acre Como Forest Health Project in western Montana in the Bitterroot National Forest. The agency wants to log 1,860 acres and complete non-commercial thinning on 330 acres as part of a plan it says will improve forest health between Lake Como and Lost Horse Road. The timber sale portion is located north of Darby. Darby District Ranger Chuck Oliver said the project is intended to protect large-diameter ponderosa pine trees from growing populations of mountain pine beetle.

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Montana wildfire costs could double as housing grows, report says

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
February 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

If Montana’s forest fringes continue filling with houses, wildland firefighting costs could double, according to a report by the Bozeman-based Headwaters Economics. “Protecting homes is a major cost and safety issue in fighting fire,” said Headwaters author Chris Mehl. “But the real question is personal responsibility: Who pays for that? Right now, the federal government – the Forest Service, BLM or FEMA – pays for a disproportionate share of the cost of fighting fires and cleaning up afterward. States and municipalities pay a small share of the cost.

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Sandy Victims: Stately Cedars

Philly.com
February 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Colin McLaughlin had never seen such devastation. In a swampy forest in Chatsworth, Burlington County, he stood on a fallen tree, surrounded by hundreds of other 60- to 80-foot Atlantic white cedars that covered the ground “like pickup sticks.” The increasingly rare and valuable cedars were knocked down in a remote area off Route 563 as the megastorm Sandy barreled through New Jersey in October. The damage was not immediately discovered. “I was stunned,” said McLaughlin, head of operations for Advanced Forestry Solutions of Pittsgrove, who will carefully sort through the tangled trees to reclaim what he can for a lumber mill.

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