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Daily Archives: March 5, 2013

Business & Politics

B.C. mills ahead of game to meet increasing U.S. lumber demand

Business in Vancouver
March 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s forestry industry has a head start over other regions to make the most of rising lumber prices, say industry experts. The steady rebound in the U.S housing market has caused softwood lumber prices to follow suit, rising 40% over the past six months, according to data compiled by Natural Resources Canada. “We’re positioned to make profit now, where [other provinces and U.S. states] won’t make it until they open [mills] up,” Dave Cohen, a forestry professor at UBC, told Business in Vancouver. “We’re in a good competitive position.”

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US market boosts demand for NS lumber

Chronicle Herald
March 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Lumber companies in Nova Scotia say the recovering United States housing market is helping their bottom line. Ledwidge Lumber Co. Ltd. now has slightly more studs moving into the American market than it sells in Canada. That is a reversal of what the Enfield operation saw during the recession. “We see fairly constant demand that seems to be increasing somewhat,” president and general manager Doug Ledwidge said Monday. “We’ve got some things to recover from over the last few years.

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Strong Oak Demand, Price Increases

Woodworking Network
March 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Expanding residential flooring sales in North America and exploding Chinese consumer demand for American oak in flooring and other furnishings will drive additional red oak price increases over the next two months. Improving U.S. markets for cabinets, stairs, moulding and millwork will also give red oak a lift, as will brisk shipments to Mexico. With demand growing across such a broad spectrum of markets, virtually every red oak item will move easily. In fact, red oak sales will be limited more by relatively low production and slow winter kiln turns than by demand.

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Louisiana-Pacific celebrates 40 years

The Tennessean
March 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation CEO Curt Stevens rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday in honor of the company’s 40th anniversary. … LP was founded in 1973 as a spin-off from Georgia-Pacific. LP built one of the first waferboard mills in the U.S. at Hayward, Wis. in 1979. The company was instrumental in the development of oriented strand board (OSB) by “orienting” the wood strands and making a panel with superior structural properties.

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Creditors liquidate former timber giant Gunns

ABC News, Australia
March 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The liquidator of the collapsed Tasmanian timber giant Gunns plans to further investigate its own claims the company may have been trading while insolvent. PPB Advisory has been Gunns administrator since it collapsed in September last year. It has been appointed as liquidator through a vote of creditors owed more than $750 million. Daniel Bryant from P-P-B says the liquidator will now investigate claims of insolvent trading raised in the administrator’s final report.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Winning architects, structural engineers and project teams enthral and inspire at 2013 BC Wood Design Awards

WoodWorks!
March 5, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER- Coastal BC swept the 2013 Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards, with projects of the winning architects and structural engineers located in and around Vancouver and the Gulf Islands, including three projects on the UBC campus. More than 350 distinguished design and building professionals, including architects, engineers, project teams, industry sponsors and guests gathered this evening to honour the nominees and winners of the 2013 Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards. ..The Wood Champion Award was presented to Vancouver-based and internationally renowned
structural consulting engineering firm, Equilibrium Consulting. Its

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Forestry

Seeking special status for the Ancient Forest (radio)

CBC Radio West
March 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ancient Forest, east of Prince George, is home to red cedars that are believed to be over 1000 years old. It’s also home to lots of other rare species. UNBC professor Darwyn Coxson says it’s so special it should become a World Heritage Site. He joined Rebecca to explain.

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Wilkinson demonstrated sustainable logging

Letter by Richard Mackenzie
Victoria Times Colonist
March 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: “Biodiversity and logging can be partners,” letter, Feb. 27. Merve Wilkinson is a hero and an inspiration, a Vancouver Island logger who conclusively demonstrated that man and the forest can live mutually beneficial lives together by earning a living through sustainable logging on the 55-hectare piece of property he called Wildwood, which he purchased in 1938.

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Nanaimo forestry meeting seeks solutions

Nanaimo News Bulletin
March 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Federation of Labour will host a town hall meeting in Nanaimo to address B.C.’s ailing forest industry and search for solutions that could revive it.  Communities that depend on the forest industry have been hit hard by economic downturns, pine beetle infestation, market competition, raw log exports and offshore log processing and other factors that have contributed to an industry-wide steady decline in employment and profitability. …Nanaimo’s meeting will be held at the Coast Bastion Inn Wednesday (March 6) at 6 p.m.

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7 groups vying to manage old Bowater forest land

CBC News
March 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia NDP government is lining up a short list of groups who will get a chance to manage some of the old Bowater forest land in a community forest agreement pilot project. …The St Margarets Bay Stewardship Association is one of seven groups bidding for a piece of the land. “We have an opportunity, an opportunity of a lifetime to actually take control of it and manage it,” said spokesman Geoff Le Boutillier. His group wants to buy the St. Margarets Bay District, 45,000 hectares of wildness outside Halifax. In addition to harvesting, community forests can be used for tourism, habitat protection and recreation

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USFS budget cuts likely to affect fire, forest management

The Missoulian
March 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Forest Service expects to shoulder $212 million in sequestration cuts this year, but no one can say how that might play out at the local level. …Timber harvests would be cut about 15 percent in 2013, from 2.8 billion board feet to 2.379 billion. The agency also would “restore 390 fewer stream miles, 2,700 acres of lake habitat and improve 260,000 fewer acres of wildlife habitat.”

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Otter, Nez Perce’s Whitman debate forest trust idea in D.C.

Idaho Statesman
February 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Gov. Butch Otter urged a House subcommittee to support a pilot project to manage more than 2 million acres of federal forest in Idaho as a trust to increase revenues and improve management. Otter, in Washington D.C. for the National Governor’s Association, said turning the lands over to a trust board would make the forests healthier and reduce the size and intensity of forest fires. But Nez Perce Tribal Chairman Silas Whitman said such an arrangement would threaten treaty rights and the trust relationship his tribe has with the federal government.

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Pine beetle battle moves to Bass Creek Recreation Area

KPAX-TV
March 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King has announced that Pyramid Mountain Lumber of Seeley Lake has been awarded a timber stewardship contract for the Larry-Bass Project on the Stevensville Ranger District. The project includes 1,200 acres in the Larry and Bass Creek drainages in the Bitterroot mountain range, west of Stevensville, a very popular area among horseback riders, mountain bikers, and hikers which is visited by more than 50,000 people each year.

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Rocky Barker: Good reasons why federal forests don’t pay like the state’s

Idaho Statesman
March 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, presented numbers that appeared astounding as he made the case that state forestry is better. Bishop, speaking at a hearing of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation last week, said that the Idaho Department of Lands has 52 times the volume of timber harvested per acre on its 971,678 acres of forests than the U.S. Forest Service has on 20 million acres. …What Bishop’s dinner-napkin math doesn’t say is that not all of those 20 million acres are forests.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/03/04/2476011/good-reasons-why-federal-forests.html#storylink=cpy

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Fighting fire with fire

Philly.com
March 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

It was purposely set – and carefully monitored – by the New Jersey Forest Fire Service as part of a plan to reduce heavy brush that might act as fuel for more destructive blazes in the wildfire season that begins this month. The preemptive action is “even more important” this year because forests are choked with felled trees and debris caused by Hurricane Sandy, said Bob Martin, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Forests pitched to heat government buildings

Company responding to government RFP for more biomass heating
CBC News
March 5, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A western P.E.I. business is hoping for a sizable expansion of its operation that uses wood chips harvested from Island forests to heat government buildings.  Wellington-based Atlantic BioHeat is already providing biomass heating at the Evangeline and West Isle schools. It’s now forming a new venture, PEI Bioheat, and trying to win a 20-year contract with the province to provide biomass heating for up to 32 publicly-owned buildings.

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New U.K. Regulations Could Impact U.S. Pellet Producers

Biomass Magazine
March 4, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Last week the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change released a long-term plan regarding its renewable heat scheme. The plan essentially aims to make sure the program stays on budget, as there is a fixed annual amount of funding available for the RHI. …For the use of woody biomass, the DECC said it intends to follow the U.K. Public Procurement Policy for Timber and for biomass sourced from a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade partner to be considered as meeting the land criteria.

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