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Daily Archives: February 26, 2013

Business & Politics

U.S. Lumber Coalition Seriously Concerned by British Columbia Log Export Policy Changes

U.S. Lumber Coalition
Canada Newswire press release
February 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Lumber Coalition is seriously concerned by the recent announcement of log export policy changes in British Columbia (BC), particularly an increase in the “fee in lieu of domestic manufacturing” applied to many log exports that will take effect on March 1. Log export restrictions have the effect of insulating BC lumber mills from world market prices for logs, which have increased significantly in recent years as China and other countries have increased their demand for North American logs. The recent announcement of measures to tighten log export restrictions on the BC Coast will allow BC lumber producers to pay even further below-market prices for their log inputs.

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Little of OSB plant left

Drayton Valley Western Review
February 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Weyerhaeuser continues to be a viable part of the Drayton Valley economy, but recently after five years of discontinued operation, a portion of the company’s former oriented strand board (OSB) mill has been demolished and it’s future use considered. In December of 2007 the doors of Weyerhaeuser’s OSB mill in Drayton Valley closed, resulting in the loss of close to 150 jobs during a time when the product’s biggest use saw a decrease in demand.

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Pulp mill upgrades, warmer windier weather have improved air quality

Prince George Citizen
February 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

“What’s that funky smell?” “It’s the smell of money being made.” If you haven’t heard that conversation around Prince George lately, you’re not alone. This winter, people have been doing a lot less complaining about our city’s air quality. Is it because the obvious industrial sources of air pollution have cleaned up their act?. …Some of the decreased fine particulate levels can be attributed to pollution control upgrades at the three city pulp mills, the Husky Oil refinery and the asphalt plants, which responded to public pressure to filter emissions.

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Some Mill Workers Returning To Work

CFOB Fort Frances
February 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products is citing a scheduled maintenance repair at the Fort Frances mill as the reason for a recalling some of the workers laid off recently. About a dozen members of the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union and some represented by other unions have been asked to report to work in early March. About 250 employees were laid off by the company’s decision to idle its kraft mill and a paper machine last fall.  END

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Huge lumber mill could start up this year

The Tand D.com
February 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Klausner Holding USA’s plans to construct a large lumber mill in Rowesville are taking a little longer to come to fruition than elsewhere, but officials say the project is still under development. Orangeburg County Development Commission Executive Director Gregg Robinson hopes that all the needed paperwork will be complete by the middle of summer, with new construction and groundbreaking beginning as early as the fourth quarter of 2013 or the first quarter of 2014. “We still have a number of agreements that still have to be executed,” Robinson said.

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Gunn’s failure could lead to industry contractions

ABC News, Australia
February 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A forestry expert says the position of WA creditors of failed Tasmanian timber company Gunns is likely to contribute to the industry’s contraction in the state’s south. A report by Gunns’ administrators says unsecured creditors are unlikely to recover their debts and recommends the business be wound up. Gunns collapsed last year, owing numerous companies with WA operations up to $2.5 million.

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MP-forestry alliance raises hackles

Maroondah Weekly
February 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

THE state’s forestry industry and politicians have strengthened their ties with the launch of a bipartisan group to bring the two together. The parliamentary support group for the forest and wood products industry, which aims to bring both sides of politics together in a forum with the industry, was announced last week — much to the chagrin of local environmental groups. The new group was launched by Victorian Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh, who said the forest industries “have been under a sense of siege politically”.

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China launches anti-dumping investigation for dissolving pulp

RISI
February 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

BEDFORD, MA, – The Chinese government announced that an anti-dumping investigation was begun on February 6, 2013, against imports of dissolving pulp from Brazil, Canada and the USA. The investigation will extend for one year and could be further extended to August 2014, depending on the initial findings. … Seven domestic producers of dissolving pulp are the applicants and another eight producers are supporting the petition. Together, these companies accounted for nearly 80% of total Chinese production of dissolving pulp in 2012.

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Forestry

“Green Thumbs Up” For Interfor

Coast Forest Products Association
February 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coast Forest Products Association congratulates International Forest Products Limited (Interfor) for the positive audit results the company received recently. The Forest Practices Board, BC’s independent watchdog for sound forest practices conducted the extensive audit on Interfor and found good practices. According to the report, Interfor has diligently applied the planning and operational requirements which meet ecosystem-based management of the (EBM) since 2004.

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Town hall meeting on forestry set for March 6

Kamloops Daily News
February 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two forestry organizations will sponsor a provincial town hall meeting in Kamloops on March 6, featuring Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer as the moderator. Organizer Alan Vyse, a forester and scientist, said the idea is to get forestry issues on the public agenda in advance of the May provincial election. The non-partisan event is being co-hosted by the Southern Interior Silviculture Committee and Canadian Institute of Forestry.

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Area firms named in WorkSafeBC penalty report

Kamloops Daily News
February 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Nicola Valley forestry company received the largest fine in this region for safety infractions under the Workers Compensation Act. Four companies working in and around Kamloops were documented in the 2012 penalty report. Sanders & Co. Contracting was hit with a $28,000 fine by WorkSafeBC, which found the company failed to fell or conduct a risk assessment of several dangerous trees. The trees were exposed while felling and skidding during a logging operation at Lac Le Jeune, a repeat violation.

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Forest Service begins revision of Chugach plan

Penninsula Clarion
February 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Every year, thousands of people visit, play, prospect and work on the 5.4 million-acre Chugach National Forest. Now the Forest Service is looking for suggestions on how to improve its management plan.  A team of Forest Service employees held a series of community meetings throughout February to begin the three-year revision process. …“(On) the Kenai Peninsula, the focus there is on active management, you’ve got Prince William Sound where the focus is on wilderness values and dispersed recreation, then you’ve got the Copper River Delta and the focus on conservation of fish and wildlife,” Rees said.

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Oregon Forestry Board subcommittee tackles federal forestlands issues on Tuesday

The Argus Observer
February 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A state Board of Forestry subcommittee will hold a telephone conference call Feb. 26 to continue to explore ways in which the full board can work toward change in the management of federal forestlands in Oregon. …At its Feb. 26 phone call, the subcommittee, formed in January, will continue to outline ways to carry out its charge. The group is expected to present the full board in June with a clear statement of the case for state involvement in federal forest policy, and with principles to guide board work toward policy changes in concert with Governor John Kitzhaber and his staff, and other public policy leaders.

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Comments: Stop closing old logging roads

KRBD
February 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Access to the national forest was the primary topic of concern at last week’s Tongass land management plan public meeting in Ketchikan. The event was part of the mandatory five-year review, and was one of a series of public meetings taking place throughout Southeast Alaska. Southeast Alaska hunters, hikers and berry pickers like to use old logging roads to get deep into the Tongass. …But in recent years, the U.S. Forest Service has “water-barred” and removed culverts from many of those old roads, making them unnavigable for motor vehicles, and to some degree even for people trying to walk them.

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Future of Coillte’s forestry harvesting rights to be debated

BreakingNews.ie
February 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The future of one of the State’s most lucrative assets – Coillte’s forestry harvesting rights – will be debated in the Dáil this evening. Under the bailout programme, the Government is planning to sell the rights for an estimated €600m. A recent report found that under new owners, timber that is currently processed here could be exported for finishing abroad and result in job losses. People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett has tabled a motion calling on the planned sale to be abandoned. “The sale of Coillte is imminent, but there is still time to stop it,” he said.

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