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Daily Archives: March 1, 2013

Business & Politics

Lagging Stud Lumber Demand to Triple

International Wood Markets Group
March 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

As U.S. new residential lumber demand more than triples from 2009 to 2017, lagging stud lumber output and capacity is expected to create huge supply chain dislocations with soaring prices as the outcome. International WOOD MARKETS Group is in the middle of an extensive survey of the North American lumber industry on how the impact of rebounding U.S. lumber demand will strain the supply chain.

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Rebound seen in forest sector

Prince George Citizen
February 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE – The mountain pine beetle epidemic and the U.S. housing market crash in its rearview mirror, the B.C. forest sector forestry is basking in good news and growing optimism. The data released this week from the Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices in the United States bore that out. The national, 10-city and 20-city study groups all reported big jumps in the market value of homes. Furthermore, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced on Tuesday that sales of new homes had jumped more than 20 per cent this year over last.

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Catalyst CEO upset with Hydro

Alberni Valley Times
February 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The biggest customer of B.C. Hydro is upset with how it is being charged for electricity. Catalyst Paper, which runs a mill in Port Alberni, has been spending millions of dollars on its electricity bill. According to the company’s president and CEO Kevin Clarke, that price is only going to go up in the near future. “The good news is that we’re the biggest customer of B.C. Hydro,” Clarke said, “and the bad news is that we are the biggest customer of B.C. Hydro.”

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Catalyst paper looks long term when hiring

Alberni Valley News
February 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper Corp. is hiring 50 more people this year and employees can expect to rise through the ranks faster than their predecessors. Catalyst president and chief executive officer Kevin Clarke made the announcement during a state-of-the union address to Port Alberni business leaders at the AV Multiplex on Tuesday. The average age of local mill employees is 52 and attrition is expected to increase over the next decade, Clarke said. Fifty more employees are required this year, and 15 others were just hired last year, he added.

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Point Tupper paper mill sues U.S. customer

Chronicle Herald
February 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Point Tupper paper mill is suing a U.S. customer for $453,643. Port Hawkesbury Paper Limited Partnership alleged in a Nova Scotia Supreme Court notice of action Wednesday that Bengal Paper & Converting, Inc. of Linfield, Pa., owes it $298,003 for paper sold and delivered in 2012. The mill is also claiming $155,640 for paper the defendant allegedly ordered in 2013. The plaintiff suspended delivery of the 2013 order pending payment by the defendant and has incurred storage charges, according to court documents.

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Lake Baikal to be relieved of stinky paper mill

Pravda
March 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

It seems like the sad story of pollution of the deepest lake in the world will be getting a happy ending. The Russian government has announced the closure of the paper mill that has been polluting Baikal for half a century. It will take time to shut down the production, but by 2015 the main cause of the lake pollution will be eliminated. The most difficult task is to restore Lake Baikal. Russian media quoted Prime Minister’s loud statement about the gradual closure of the Baikal pulp mill by 2015 and the final elimination of the consequences of its activities by 2020.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Geo-Traceability: A New Marketing

BC Wood
February 26, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

This past week saw BC Wood and FPInnovations sponsor a well-received traceability workshop attended by a wide range of industry manufacturers and related Forestry based associations. The workshop broached the subject of the potential role of traceability systems, like ThisForest, as a marketing tool and as an addition or alternative to certification. With consumers becoming increasingly interested in the origins and supply chains involved in a product, traceability systems are seen as an effective marketing tool, showcasing sustainable business practices and the heart of the company itself.

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UNBC throws support behind wood centre

Prince George Citizen
February 28, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

UNBC president George Iwama foresees the Wood Innovation and Design Centre as a place where engineers and forestry experts can collaborate and chart the course for the future of wood products. …. “We imagine the kind of expertise that will [lead to] research in new wood products and in building techniques and know-how that would utilize wood in creating large and even commercial structures,” he said. That research could include studies into what it would take to build larger wood buildings than the innovation centre itself.

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Documents contradict B.C. ministers’ claims about Prince George contract bid

Globe and Mail
March 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. cabinet ministers Pat Bell and Shirley Bond were aware of and appear to have played a role in the procurement process for a multimillion-dollar contract in Prince George now at the centre of a deepening government scandal, according to documents obtained by The Globe and Mail, contradicting denials that the ministers were involved in the matter. …In the provincial legislature this week, Mr. Bell denied during Question Period that he had any role, either direct or indirect, in influencing the NDIT’s decision to award the loan to Commonwealth.

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Wood bill back on the table

The Chronicle Journal
March 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

A resurrected private member’s bill aimed at boosting the North’s forestry sector by one of the provincial government’s toughest critics appears to be garnering some non-partisan support.  Bill 13, which was reintroduced Wednesday by North Bay Progressive Conservative MPP Vic Fedeli, would amend Ontario’s building code so that wood-frame construction can be used in buildings up to six-storeys high.  Currently, buildings with wood frames can be a maximum height of four storeys. 

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Analysis: Buyer Beware – Not all green certifications are created equal

Financial Post
February 28, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Certification schemes have grown in popularity as businesses race to build a profile as good corporate citizens. But, as recent developments in the construction industry suggest, this approach to corporate social responsibility may be more complicated, more costly and less effective than it needs to be.  Growing doubts have surfaced about LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, hitherto the gold standard of sustainable building for everything from warehouses and factories to office buildings and apartments. …But signs of a backlash are growing.

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Forestry

Rolling over Crown forests

BC Liberals go ahead with another giveaway of publicly-owned land to corporations.
Focus Online
March 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Three years ago, in a feature report entitled “The Big Burn,” Focus revealed the findings of a dozen retired forest service professionals about BC Liberal plans to privatize BC’s forests under pressure from what are called “distressed asset managers.” …Through political pressure for deregulation (eg lobbying to get rid of riparian zone and watershed regulations), they manage to enhance their lands’ value. Then they strip off the timber and rationalize the lands into categories of real estate, bioenergy plantations, etc. Then they flip them.

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UNBC Study Recommends Northern BC’s “Ancient Forest” be named a World Heritage Site

UNBC
March 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

New research led by the University of Northern British Columbia is recommending that the area surrounding the “Ancient Forest Trail,” about 130 kilometers east of Prince George, be named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). …The comprehensive study, published in the BC Journal of Ecosystems
and Management, went through extensive peer review, including by forest
industry professionals.

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Logging slated for popular Snowden Forest

Campbell River Mirror
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Recreational trail users are expressing concern over logging plans for the Snowden Demonstration Forest. Two weeks ago, B.C. Timber Sales posted information online about the road-building and logging operations slated to begin this year. The government agency is giving the public until March 31 to comment on the plans. “I’m not against logging, but maybe they could demonstrate something different other than building roads and small clear-cuts,” said Dan Clements of Outdoor Addictions, an avid mountain biker who helped build the first riding trails through the forest in the early 1990s.

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Eco-groups regard new forest tenure legislation as ‘land grab’

By Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Proposed switch from volume- to area-based licenses supported by industry . The B.C. government is being accused of giving forest companies new, sweeping powers over the land base through legislation it introduced last week to amend the Forest Act.“This appears to be essentially a giveaway to big companies,” said Jessica Clogg, a lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law who specializes in forestry issues. She was referring to a tenure rollover plan given first reading last week that would give forest companies the ability to convert their volume-based forest tenures to area-based tenures called tree farm licences.

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Alberta declares early start to wildfire season

Edmonton Journal
March 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – For the second year in a row, the government of Alberta is declaring wildfire season one month earlier than usual. With fires sparking earlier in the year than ever before and dry conditions across Alberta, the government is hoping to get a head start by beginning the season on Friday. As of Friday, all burning in the province’s forest protection area, except campfires, will require a permit.

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Logging firm to sue province and to fight $3.5M penalty

Campbell River Mirror
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province has struck out again in a protracted legal battle with Timberwolf Log trading. In the latest of several court judgements, on Feb. 22, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled a trial can proceed to resolve a $3.5 million question about the value of logs from the Campbell River area. … “The claim in defamation (both slander and libel) advanced by Timberwolf is a serious one,” wrote Madam Justice D. Smith of the appellant court. “It is conceded that Mr. Smallacombe had no evidence to support the comments he made…

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N.S. land plan calls for more protected areas, park expansion

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

The Dexter government is proposing to increase the amount of protected land in Nova Scotia, create new provincial parks and expand others. Plans unveiled Thursday in Dartmouth call for, among other things, bumping up the protected-area percentage to more than 13 per cent from about 9.4, expanding 11 parks, adding four new ones and transferring 2,150 hectares of parkland that would be classified as protected areas. The government’s goal of 12 per cent of legally protected land has been exceeded under the proposal.

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Peter Foster: Ontario’s Ring of Bad Policy

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

…Certainly, it would not be unhelpful for development in Northern Ontario to have a one-stop shop at the Federal level, rather than having to deal with some fifteen separate federal ministries. …That radical environmentalists used the Liberals as puppets isn’t a conspiracy theory. … That report, lavishly produced in 2008 by the Ivey Foundation, positively rejoiced in the success of the David Suzuki Foundation and its cohorts in excluding both the forest industry and affected Northern communities from “expert” discussion on the act, and thus being free from any annoying need to “compromise.”

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Conference ponders legal questions of logging roads, pollution

The Missoulian
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Do logging roads cause pollution? The question has both environmentalists and the timber industry anxiously watching what Washington, D.C., will do this spring. And it attracted 160 people to a University of Montana conference debating the subject Thursday. “This has gone all the way to the Supreme Court and could have far-reaching implications for how we manage our forests,” UM Dean of Forestry Jim Burchfield said. He referred to the Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center lawsuit, in which the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled logging road pollution should be controlled by the federal Clean Water Act.

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Bute Forest’s future in focus at open event

Buteman
March 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Future plans for Bute’s community-owned forest went on public display at an open evening in Rothesay this week. Bute Forest’s programme of spring events was unveiled in full for the first time, while members of the public were asked for their views on several design ideas for the proposed forest centre and lodge development in the forest at Rhubodach. A steady stream of interested visitors attended the three-hour event at Bute Museum, and had the chance to meet some of the forest’s volunteers, as well as forest manager Emma Cooper, head forester Ben Robinson and directors of both Bute Forest Ltd and its parent, the Bute Community Land Company.

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Forest service initiates prescribed burn

phillyBurbs.com
March 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service has begun a series of prescribed burns on state lands, including at Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, which spans Burlington and Ocean counties. The burns are a part of the service’s strategy to reduce the debris that feeds forest fires before the middle of March, when tree cover is still low, temperatures heat up, and weather conditions are usually windy Each year, the Forest Fire Service, which is part of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Forestry Services, burns 10,000 to 15,000 acres of forests and grasslands.

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Last minute plea for timber jobs

ABC News, Australia
March 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Executives of veneer processor Ta Ann Tasmania have issued a last-minute plea for the Upper House to pass the Forest Agreement Bill. Ta Ann’s Tasmanian boss Evan Rolley told an Upper House inquiry that after losing a major customer in December, the company’s veneer mills are operating at 50 per cent capacity and the business is relying on community support. “[It’s] the only reason we are still operating and still losing money, I might add, every day,” he said.

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Australia: Queensland lifts ceasefire on logging ban

Asian Correspondent
March 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

What is at stake at re-opening Queensland’s native forest for logging? The South East region of Queensland is home to a vast reserve of native forest providing a sanctuary for various kinds of flora and fauna. It is a bioregion known for its significant number of rare, threatened, and endemic species– the highest numbers of all regions assessed around Australia under the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) process. …Greens Senator Larissa Waters lambasted a leaked letter from Agriculture Department Director-General Jack Noye to National Parks Department Director-General John Glaister that says Agriculture Minister John McVeigh has approved the logging

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