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Daily Archives: March 4, 2013

Business & Politics

Looming lumber shortage expected to bring record prices, European imports

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
March 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

There’s no way North American stud lumber sawmills will be able to keep up with the recovering U.S. housing market, new research being compiled by the International Wood Markets Group shows. The shortage of studs — boards used to frame walls in residential houses — is expected to lead to record lumber prices and will make construction lumber profitable enough that European sawmills will likely make inroads into North America, where a supercycle is shaping up for commodity lumber, Wood Markets president Russ Taylor said Friday.

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Interfor Completes Purchase of Rayonier Softwood Mills

Woodworking Network
March 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BC – International Forest Products (Interfor) has completed its acquisition of Rayonier’s Wood Products Business in the southern United States. The acquisition, finalized March 1, includes Rayonier’s three sawmills located in central Georgia with a combined annual capacity of 360 million board feet. In late January Interfor announced its intention to purchase Rayonier’s Wood Products Business for $80 million. Interfor also agreed to hire all of the current employees as part of the transaction.

Click here to read the press release from Interfor

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Chinese market huge boost

Prince George Free Press
March 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The forest industry was struggling in the 1990s, facing the fall-out of an economic slump in the United States as well as difficulties with the small print in agreements on softwood lumber a decade ago, but now it is vibrant, revitalized thanks in great part to the trade now enjoyed with China, says a senior Canfor executive. The economic value of that trade has increased from about $60 million per year a decade ago to over $1 billion. Wayne Guthrie, senior vice-president, sales and marketing for Canfor, said establishing a reliable trade partnership with China was difficult at first but is stable now.

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BC economic snapshot for March 2, 2013

Troy Media
March 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BC – Private and public-sector organizations in B.C. look like they are going to play it safe this year by holding capital investments level following slow economic growth and subdued corporate profit gains in 2012. …B.C. sawmill production eased slightly in December but held within the narrow range observed through most of 2012. Total lumber production reached a seasonally-adjusted 2.39 million dry cubic metres, down 2.5 per cent from November but comparable to same-month 2011.

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Concerned about raw log exports

Letter by Rick Berry
Prince George Citizen
March 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Mackenzie Forest district has enough timber to feed Northern mills for the next 20 years, including Burns Lake and Lakeland. The infrastructure is being built to haul hundreds of loads of logs a day out of the Mackenzie Forest District, either by rail or truck. The Liberals, three months before an election, are trying to pass legislation that would turn our forests into tree farms, so they can be sold off to the highest bidder. As long as they pay stumpage they can do as they want.

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Lumber Boom Boosts Home Depot, Timber Towns

ABC News
February 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Timber! An improved U.S. housing market plus rising foreign demand for wood are boosting lumber prices, to the benefit of mill owners, retailers like Home Depot, and timber towns like Eugene, Ore. …Jon Anderson, president and publisher of timber industry newsletter Random Lengths, tells ABC News that increased demand from abroad for wood products also is responsible for higher prices. For the past five years, he says, China has been increasing its imports of North American lumber, from both Canadian and the U.S.

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Increased Demand for Lumber Bodes Well for Struggling Industry

Benzinga
March 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Lumber prices are up thanks to increased demand from foreign buyers, especially China. So says Jon Anderson, president and publisher of the timber industry newsletter, Random Lengths. … All this is good news for wood products companies like Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE: WY [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]), which has seen gains of 38 percent over the past 12 months. Weyerhaeuser closed Thursday at $29.41, down 0.68 percent. International Paper Co. (NYSE: IP) recently had coverage initiated by Jefferies with a Buy rating and $52 price target.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

IWPA Announces New Executive Vice President

Hardwood Floors Magazine
March 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Cindy Squires is now executive vice president of the International Wood Products Association. Brent McClendon, former executive vice president of IWPA, was recently named resident and CEO of the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association. Squires was most recently the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s chief counsel for public affairs and director of regulatory affairs, Squires will be responsible for increasing membership and promoting the value, sustainability and beauty of wood products to the market.

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Importing Hardwood Plywood More Expensive for American Business

Woodworking Network
February 28, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Alexandria, VA – The International Wood Products Association reacted with concern over the Department of Commerce’s Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation on hardwood plywood imported from China. Preliminary rates have been assessed at 0% for mandatory respondents – a result welcomed by IWPA and that runs counter to claims that they were the recipients of government subsidization. However, rates for all other respondents were set at 22.63%, tracking incredibly close with the 27.16% rate imposed on non-respondent producers.

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Georgia’s green building lead at risk as state sides with forestry industry

by David Freedman, executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council, Georgia Chapter
SaportaReport
March 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Can the forestry industry and the green building industry co-exist in Georgia? Most Georgians would think the answer to this question is, “yes.” Both industries support protecting natural resources, clean water and clean air; preserving green space; utilizing local building materials and creating jobs. However, a recent executive order initiated by the forestry industry and signed by Gov. Nathan Deal is an attempt by the forestry industry to inhibit the growth and popularity of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system.

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BBC News EU introduces illegal timber import controls

BBC News
March 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Measures to prevent illegally harvested timber from entering the European Union come into force on Sunday. The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) requires importers or sellers of timber and wood products to keep records of the sources of their supplies. Interpol estimates that illegal logging contributes up to 30% of timber in the global market, costing in excess of 15bn euros ($20bn/£13bn) each year.

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Forestry

B.C. OKs forest applications

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Prince George Citizen
March 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof will soon have their own income stream from the local woods. The provincial government announced Friday that both municipalities had the door opened for their own community forest.  A community forest is a tract (or several associated tracts) of trees set aside for a sustainable cycle of harvesting and replanting. The only operator allowed to do forestry on that landbase is the designated community (a municipality or First Nation or community group).

Click here for press release from the BC Government

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Forum in Kamloops to examine forest issues

Kamloops This Week
March 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Coastal and Southern Interior Silviculture committees and the Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut Forestier du Canada will host a forum to address forest-management issues for the upcoming provincial election. The forum will be held on Wednesday, March 6, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the Irving K. Barber Auditorium at Thompson Rivers University For those unable to attend, it will be live-streamed online at www.livestream.com/livetru.

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Unique Prince George area-forest should be World Heritage Site, says study

Vancouver Sun
March 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An area of rainforest near Prince George is so unique that it should be designated as a provincial park and protected as a United Nations World Heritage Site, says a new study by the University of Northern B.C. The area, called the Ancient Forest, contains massive stands of giant red cedars usually associated with wet coastal forests, as well as rare plants and lichens. “It’s a very unique wet temperate rainforest,” said the study’s lead author, UNBC ecosystem science and management Prof. Darwyn Coxson.

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Second call for Expressions of Interest to develop Abitibi lands

Daily Business Buzz
March 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Department of Natural Resources has issued an additional call for Expressions of Interest to develop the Central Newfoundland timber resource, a process that began with the closure of AbitibiBowater in 2009. “A significant portion of the forest resource in central Newfoundland is open to development by the right proponent,” said Tom Marshall, the Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency. “Since 2009 interested parties have come forward, however we have yet to find the initiative that is the best fit for industry, government and central Newfoundland.”

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Trees from Bass Creek Rec Area to be harvested for overall forest health

The Missoulian
March 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

By this time next year, the forest that Gribnau is enjoying will look quite a bit different. Last week, the Bitterroot Forest awarded a timber stewardship contract for its Larry-Bass Creek Project to Pyramid Mountain Lumber of Seeley Lake. Sometime this spring – once the ground dries well enough – Pyramid crews will start harvesting the blue-marked trees from the 765 acres that encompass nearly all of the popular trail system at the recreation area. The project is expected to produce about 4 million board feet of timber for the mill. It will take about 1,100 truckloads to haul that timber away.

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Timber sale brings $3.5 million

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

COQUILLE — Coos County’s annual timber sale will bring $3.48 million into county coffers, possibly with more to come. The county held a sealed-bid auction Wednesday, but only one company — the Swanson Group of Glendale, Ore. — participated. It bid on four of six available parcels, with offers ranging from $277 to $504 per 1,000 board feet. Swanson group passed up two other parcels, which will remain for sale for 30 days.

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Thinning will save millions

Arizona Daily Sun
March 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Massive forest restoration efforts expected to start this year on the Coconino and Kaibab national forests are projected to save $100 million in thinning costs plus at least $11.6 million annually in the long run. The latter is how much the local Forest Service now spends fighting wildfires each year, on average. In addition, the decade-long thinning project is expected to support 1,674 jobs and $77.6 million in labor-related income annually.

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Climate: NASA satellites see thinning forest cover

Summit County Voice
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SUMMIT COUNTY — Between mountain pine beetles, sudden aspen decline, spruce beetles and ips beetles that attacked southwest Colorado piñon pines in early 2000s, a significant chunk of the state’s forests have changed significantly in the past decade…. Using satellite images, to track vegetation patterns, NASA scientists say warmer temperatures and changes in precipitation have resulted in a significant decline in forest canopy cover

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Bishop issues plea for sustainable forests policy (& video)

BBC News
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Bishop of Liverpool has issued a plea for the government to pursue a sustainable policy on forests. Leading a debate on 27 February 2013, the Right Reverend James Jones said that when the government announced plans to sell sections of forest, “people discovered a passion for trees they never knew they had”. He acknowledged that in welcoming the Independent Panel on Forestry’s 2012 report the government had “responded constructively to mood of the nation” and reminded the House: “Trees are good for nature, good for people and good for the economy.”

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Logging raises concerns with Capricorn Conservation Council

Rockhampton Morning Bulletin
March 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WITH news this week that 1.2 million hectares of native Queensland forests would be opened up to mass logging operations, the Capricorn Conservation Council is calling for further information to be released. The council’s co-ordinator Michael McCabe said the State’s remaining native forests were already under threat from climate change, diseases, expanding coal and gas exploitation, and the construction of infrastructure like pipelines and rail corridors. He said he was contacting Agriculture Minister John McVeigh to obtain clear details of the changes.

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Logging decision to create jobs, reduce fire risk

Toowoomba Chronicle
March 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

OPENING up state forests for logging is the best decision a Queensland government has made in decades. This is the view of Toowoomba Timbermart owner Tom O’Brien who said smaller towns whose main industry was logging and saw milling would get an economic injection. “This is the greatest thing that has ever happened for saw milling,” Mr O’Brien said. “The amount of jobs that this will create and the flow-on effect indirectly will be huge because there are so many towns that rely on local saw milling operations.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Woody biomass in northeast Oregon gets a boost from state forestry department grants

The Oregonian
March 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

The Oregon Department of Forestry announced funding for four proposals to use woody biomass from northeast Oregon forests to heat area schools and government buildings: …The forestry department said it its news release that it is providing the $57,250 in federal grant dollars under what’s called the Cohesive Wildfire Strategy, which is an initiative to address wildfire problems by focusing on: restoring and maintaining landscapes, fire-adapted communities, and response to fire. All of the projects biomass would be from thinning on public and private land, according to the forestry department.

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