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Daily Archives: February 28, 2013

Business & Politics

Lumber Coalition Attacks British Columbia Log Export Fees

Woodworking Network
February 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States, Canada West

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Lumber Coalition says it is “seriously concerned” by log export policy changes in British Columbia, especially an increase in the “fee in lieu of domestic manufacturing” applied to many log exports that will take effect on March 1 …”In effect, British Columbia has increased the implicit subsidy from log export restrictions for BC Coast lumber mills,” said Luke Brochu, president of Pleasant River Lumber Company in Maine. Brochu also heads the coalition.

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Catalyst goes black for one week

For first time in four years, mill will be cleaned out and put back together
Alberni Valley Times
February 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper’s Port Alberni mill will be shut down for a week, starting Sunday, for a planned “total mill outage.” Catalyst president and CEO Kevin Clarke was in the Alberni Valley Tuesday to update residents on the mill’s progress after returning to publicly traded status. When the mill is taken apart on Sunday and put back together, it will be the first time this has happened in four years. “It’s like rebuilding your engine,” Clarke said. Turbo generators and all of the parts of the mill need to be cleaned and replenished.

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Plum Creek to reopen Evergreen sawmill, as lumber prices double

The Missoulian
February 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Rising lumber prices have convinced Plum Creek Timber Co. to reopen its Evergreen stud mill, starting April 1. “We expect to have about 30 jobs coming back to the mill,” said Tom Ray, Plum Creek’s vice president for Northwest resources and manufacturing in Columbia Falls. “We’ll restart with one shift. We’re trying to find the appropriate balance between log supply and the market.”

Plum Creek reopening Evergreen sawmill, 30 jobs from the Independent Record

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Reduction of roughly 4% in Finland’s lumber output

EUWID
February 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Finland’s output of softwood lumber in the fourth quarter of 2012 also failed to match the reference figure of 2011 with an estimated 2.3m m³ after reductions had already been recorded in each of the preceding quarters. Industry representatives say cutting in December in particular remained well behind the otherwise usual figures

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Cross-Laminated Timber Passes Fire Tests

DesignBuild Source
February 28, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

A new timber-based building material which is revolutionising multi-storey construction both in Australia and around the world has stood up well in fire resistance tests. Tests performed in Canada by the National Research Council and FPInnovations proved that even without gypsum board protection and under full loading conditions, cross-laminated timber (CLT) achiev ed fire resistance of close to three hours. A relatively new building system, CLT is designed and produced in a factory environment.

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WIDC Deal Close

250 News
February 27, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Construction of the Wood Innovation and Design Centre is getting close and the topic is heating up. Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Development, Pat Bell, says the contract is expected to be signed in 3-4 weeks, and depending on the weather, construction could start in 6-8 weeks. …But the WIDC remains a hot issue in the Provincial Legislature where the subject dominated Question Period because of allegations made by Dan McLaren of Commonwealth Campuses Corporation.

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Cross Laminated Timber Taking Hold in America: First Ever CLT Conference in US

Green-Buildings.com
February 27, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Tonight, February 27th, 2013, marks the beginning of the first U.S. Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) symposium in Seattle, Washington. The three day event, hosted by WoodWorks, will educate attendees on how to design and build CLT projects according to the International Building Code. There are two symposium tracks, one for designers and contractors and another for engineers, so that the speakers can cater to the professionals’ needs and skill sets.

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Melbourne Launches The World’s Tallest Timber Building

DesignBuild Source
February 28, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Melbourne is now home to the tallest timber apartment building, a 10-storey site dubbed Forté that challenges conceptions surrounding mainstream construction materials. …Designed and produced in a factory environment, Forté was 30 per cent faster to build, safer and with higher precision than traditional construction materials,” explained Lend Lease Australia head of operational excellence Daryl Patterson

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Forestry

Forestry Town Hall Meeting Tonight

250 News
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- A forestry town hall meeting has been organized for this evening Prince George. “The forestry industry in and around Prince George has been hard hit over the last decade by job losses, raw log exports, and the mountain pine beetle devastation. Over the last decade, viable mills were shutdown while raw log exports grew dramatically,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “People in forest communities understand it’s not just about the direct jobs in the forest, or related milling and manufacturing jobs, it’s also about the indirect jobs and benefits to local communities that come from forest workers.”

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NS: Plans in works to start consultations on forest use

Canadian Press
February 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government will start public consultations next month on how best to use 600,000 hectares of Crown land in western Nova Scotia. …Gary Ramey, the member of the legislature for Lunenburg West, says the land could be used for mineral exploration, renewable energy projects and agricultural. Ramey says the government will also consult Mi’kmaq groups, municipalities and industry representatives.

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Species-at-risk legislation draws fire

February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In a packed Renfrew County council chambers Friday, more than 60 people attended a fact-collecting forum on the impact of the Endangered Species Act. Speaker after speaker condemned the act for its negative impact on the local economy, but perhaps none more so than Admaston-Bromley beef farmer and municipal councillor Michael Donohue….Those impacts include huge planning-process
delays, including such provincial restrictions or requests as
environmental assessments, restricted windows for cutting in forested
areas, and lack of flexibility in farmers’ hay harvesting guidelines.

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Can we have a talk about ecologically sustainable forestry?

Times-Standard
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Greg King raised issues about the ecological sustainability of industrial forestry recently (”Green Diamond: Enemy of forests,” Times-Standard, Feb. 20, Page A4) and drew a vitriolic response from Eric Blair (”Anti-Green Diamond screed just silly,” Times-Standard, Feb. 21, Page A4). I would like to explore the topics raised less emotionally…. However, data show that industrial forestry practices such as theirs have not been ecologically sustainable. Additionally, in attempting to rebut King’s arguments Mr. Blair invokes science, but since Green Diamond never shares data, there is no supporting evidence.

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Livermore gets $44,490 from logger who cut town forest

Sun Journal
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LIVERMORE, Maine — The town has received $44,490 for payment for a timber harvest trespass settlement. The figure includes timber valuation and legal fees, town administrator assistant Kurt Schaub said Wednesday. The town had requested logger John Korhonen of Jay pay $40,690 without factoring in legal fees after he cut about 10 acres of the town’s Memorial Forest without permission in 2012. Selectpersons agreed to accept the settlement earlier this month.

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Voting opens in forest referendum

from FOREST GROWERS LEVY TRUST
Scoop.co.nz
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Polls in the Forest Voice referendum will be open from 1-29 March, a week longer than originally intended. The organisers, the Forest Growers Levy Trust, say this will make voting more convenient for the many forest growers who live in districts where on-line voting is not possible, because of difficulties with internet access. Trust chair Geoff Thompson says that if the referendum is successful, a small levy on harvested logs will be used to fund work that benefits all forest owners.

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Bid to exclude logging area from heritage move

ABC News, Australia
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The State Government wants a nomination to expand the Tasmanian’s Wilderness World Heritage Area changed to allow for logging. A parliamentary inquiry has heard the Government has written to the Federal Environment Minister requesting pockets of land be excluded from the 170,000 hectare nomination. The State Government wants logging to continue on some of the land. Emma Campbell from the Federal Department of Environment says she does not know how much land is involved or where it is located.

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General

Species-at-risk legislation draws fire

February 28, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

In a packed Renfrew County council chambers Friday, more than 60 people attended a fact-collecting forum on the impact of the Endangered Species Act. Speaker after speaker condemned the act for its negative impact on the local economy, but perhaps none more so than Admaston-Bromley beef farmer and municipal councillor Michael Donohue….Those impacts include huge planning-process
delays, including such provincial restrictions or requests as
environmental assessments, restricted windows for cutting in forested
areas, and lack of flexibility in farmers’ hay harvesting guidelines.

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