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Daily Archives: March 6, 2013

Business & Politics

Attracting fresh talent a hard sell for forestry sector

To take advantage of market upswing, B.C. forest companies need to attract young workers
Business in Vancouver
March 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC’s forest sector is facing an uphill battle getting the word out that it’s hiring again. …Forestry contractors on B.C.’s coast could soon be looking to fill 3,400 jobs, said Dwight Yochim, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association. …The TLA has received $300,000 in government funding to study the problem. This summer, the organization plans to release a report that identifies workforce gaps and lays out a recruitment strategy.

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Assessments that hurt

Chronicle Journal
March 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

ANOTHER Northern Ontario community has been jolted by tax shock. Like Dryden before it, Espanola learned that global pulp and paper giant Domtar asked for a reassessment of its mill. The Municipal Property Assessment Corp. agreed Domtar paid $4 million too much and Espanola has to repay it — reportedly increasing general property taxes by 50 per cent. …A coalition of Northern Ontario municipal leaders is calling on the Ontario government to make MPAC consider a town’s economic state when determining property assessments. It appears the MPAC model does not consider variables like economic depression due to industrial decline.

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Demand for Western Lumber Increases, But Log Supply is Tight

Earthfix.com
March 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Northwest sawmills are looking to build on last year’s recovering housing market. 2012 saw sales increase by 10 percent or more from mills in Idaho, Washington and Oregon. Kevin Binam is President of the Western Wood Products Association. Binam predicts about three more years of growth in housing starts and strong demand for lumber. U.S. demand for lumber increased last year by about 8 percent. …It’s getting harder for them to find raw logs to buy. That’s because timber land owners like Weyerhaueser are selling more raw logs to China.

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Building boom boosts county logging

Coast River Business Journal
March 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PACIFIC COUNTY — Forestry veteran Harvey Johnson has seen plenty of changes in the 30 years since he started his own company, but he is confident Pacific County will continue to provide timber and jobs for years to come. … Johnson is torn between the increased productivity and the loss of jobs. But staying in business means keeping up with technology. “Everybody does the same thing, so more is expected of you, so if you don’t change with it, you get left behind,” he said.

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Forestry is $23-billion industry in Illinois

Farmers Advance
March 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

URBANA, IL – Woodland owners in Illinois may be surprised to learn that timber produced on their land is part of a $23 billion industry in Illinois and is a major contributor to the state’s economy, according to Jay Hayek, extension forestry specialist at the University of Illinois. Based on a report of 2010 economic data, the $23 billion breaks down like this: Total Illinois forest products and forestry-related employment included 131,549 full- or part-time jobs with an annual payroll of $8.10 billion.

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More uncertainty for Gunns’ investors

ABC News, Australia
March 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The future of Australian timber investment schemes worth millions of dollars remains unclear after their managing company Gunns was placed in liquidation. Hundreds of investors have millions of dollars tied up in managed investment schemes marketed by Gunns. Selywn and Sandra Lutz stand to lose almost their entire investment unless a new responsible entity can be found to manage the plantations until the trees are ready for harvest

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Australian logging company Gunns goes into liquidation

Gunns’ liquidator will widen an investigation into whether the Tasmanian timber business traded while insolvent
The Guardian
March 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Collapsed Australian timber company Gunns, which gained notoriety for its repeated clashes with environmentalists, has been placed into liquidation. More than 80 people owed more than $750m by the 140-year-old Tasmanian business “resolved unanimously” to wind it up at a second creditors meeting, Daniel Bryant of administrator PPB Advisory told reporters. PPB, now the liquidator, is now set to further investigate its own report that claims that Gunns may have traded while insolvent, following its collapse in September last year.

How your taxes bailed out insolvent timber giant Gunns from Crikey.com
More Uncertainty for Gunns’ Investors from Yahoo News

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Website: Solutions for Wood Event Page

Solutinos for Wood
March 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Learn about Workshops, Seminars and Training Opportunities – One of the best ways to find out about better manufacturing processes, new products, and trends in the marketplace is to attend our Solutions for Wood workshops and seminars.  Check out this website to learn when the next event will happen near you!

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The Wood Innovation And Downtown Best Served With A Full Blown Inquiry

250 News
March 4, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

If 250NEWS hasn’t been at the fore front of the controversy surrounding the allegations dealing with the old PG hotel site and the adjacent property , it is because while everyone else in BC had failed to report on the story, we did and with that comes the penalty of not being able to get comments from the affected players. There are so many pages missing out of the “Downtown Redevelopment” that an inquiry should be held to address them. Until such time as this occurs, it will be more “he said- she said” without ever getting down to the bottom of the issue.

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B.C. Wood Design Awards honour innovation in residential and commercial structures

Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
March 5, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West


VANCOUVER — Winning designs included the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver, and three new buildings at the University of B.C. Fourteen British Columbia architects, contractors and engineers were honoured Monday night at the B.C. Wood Design Awards for their innovative use of wood that, according to awards organizers, is growing in popularity as the building material of choice for beauty and sustainability. “We are truly amazed by both the structural and architectural uses of wood; we are seeing innovation beyond anything we could have imagined a decade ago,” said Mary Tracey, executive director of awards sponsor Wood WORKS! and co-MC of the event.

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Cascades receives LEED Gold certification for the expansion of its Lachute plant

Canada Newswire press release
March 5, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

CANDIAC, QC – Cascades is pleased to announce that the expansion of its Tissue Group plant in Lachute, Québec, has received the coveted LEED® Gold certification. The plant is the first paper manufacturing facility to obtain LEED®-NC (New Construction) certification in the Canadian paper industry. …The project was also acknowledged because it offers a 58% reduction in energy costs, when compared to a Canadian reference building.1 The CaGBC applauded the fact that 86.6% of the construction waste was diverted from landfill.

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Forestry

Proposed act not good policy

Letter from Bob Simpson, MLA Cariboo North
Kamloops Daily News
March 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In response to Critic In Error With Regard To Changes (The Daily News, Feb. 25). It saddens me to see the continued misrepresentation of the legal process as the B.C. Liberals propose to enable the “rollover” of replaceable forest licences to area-based tenures. It also saddens me that a well-meaning minister continues to allow political staff to conduct a disinformation campaign about this massive change in forest policy. …The proposed legislation is not about good forest management or improving forest policy; it’s simply about a political deal the B.C. Liberals made with one U.S.-based company.

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Alberta’s other economic opportunities

Financial Post
March 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite climbing oil prices, Alberta’s oil and gas industry – while still the single-largest sector of the provincial economy – has been slowly contracting for years. …Although it has a lower profile than other resource-extraction industries in the province, forestry is a well-established part of the provincial economy, with direct and indirect revenues of $5.5-billion per year and 18,000 jobs tied to the cultivation and management of forests, and the manufacturing and production of related products.

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Forest management faces multiple challenges, crowd told

Kamloops Daily News
March 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forest management in B.C. is confronted with a triple challenge — a supply-side shortfall, increasing market demand and the likelihood that governments will continue to restrain spending. Panellists who spoke on long-term forest management for multiple values as part of a silviculture workshop at TRU on Tuesday made it clear that the path ahead won’t be an easy one. “We’ve got a political bubble happening right now and we don’t know what it’s going to look like until it’s done,” said Rick Sommer, Thompson Rivers district manager with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

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Bill will promote forest investment: industry group

As opposition to legislation grows, companies make the case for tree farm licences
Business in Vancouver
March 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC’s forestry industry is pushing back against critics of a bill that could change the way public forests in the province are managed. …Dave Lehane, vice-president of woodlands for West Fraser Timber (TSE:WFT), pointed to the TFL the company has held since the 1950s in Quesnel as evidence of how this type of tenure can be done right. “It really has been a key to providing a stable log supply to our facilities in Quesnel,” said Lehane. He disagrees with the assumption that the proposed bill will lead to privatization of public land.

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Logging in the Crater Lake Wilderness? No thanks

BlueOregon
March 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

No matter the season, a trip to Crater Lake is an epic experience one doesn’t soon forget, leaving you with fond memories and a yearning to return. Would that experience be the same if the lands surrounding the National Park were turned into a stump field? Sadly we may find out. The Crater Lake wilderness is currently threatened by several projects that include logging old-growth trees right up to the very edge of the park.

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State forest advisory committee meets March 15

Statesman Journal
March 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Members from timber, environmental and recreation groups will all converge during a State Forests Advisory Committee meeting March 15 to review a range of topics involved with management of state-owned forests in Northwest Oregon. Members of the public are invited to attend and a public comment period is scheduled for 9:30 a.m….  The committee provides a forum to discuss issues, opportunities and concerns, and to offer advice and guidance to ODF on the implementation of the Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Why We’re So Far Behind On Biofuel Targets

Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 5, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Oregon may be pulling its weight in cellulosic biofuel production with the ZeaChem plant underway in Boardman, but the country as a whole is lagging way behind federal targets. . …According to the agency, delays and cancellations at production plants, cheap natural gas and the country’s debt crisis have all contributed to the missed targets. And then, of course, there’s also the fact that it costs more.

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