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Daily Archives: March 7, 2013

Business & Politics

Wood Someone Check These Prices?

Huggington Post
March 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Commodity prices are all down, right? Wrong! …Although prices are generally still riding high, the recent trend has been downward. …There is one noticeable anomaly. Lumber prices are soaring, thanks to the surge in new home building in the U.S. — up a stunning 40 per cent over the past year. In contrast to the declines in other sectors, and in spite of weak pulp and paper prices, the forestry index is up 22 per cent over year-ago levels.

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Catalyst Paper Q4 results impacted by lower sales volumes, higher maintenance and stronger Canadian dollar

Canada Newswire press release
March 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

RICHMOND, BC, – Catalyst Paper results in the fourth quarter were negatively impacted by lower sales volumes, higher maintenance spending and a stronger Canadian dollar. Catalyst posted a net loss of $35.2 million for the quarter, in contrast to net earnings of $655.7 million in the third quarter, when the one-time gains realized on emergence from creditor protection were booked. Before specific items, net losses were $15.7 million and $7.5 million in Q4 and Q3 respectively. Adjusted EBITDA was $7.2 million in Q4, with no impact from restructuring costs, and $13.8 million in Q3 ($14.0 million before restructuring costs).

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John Allan to Leave COFI March 31

Council of Forest Industries
March 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nick Arkle, Chair of the Council of Forest Industries and Duncan Davies, Chair of the BC Lumber Trade Council announced today the resignation of John Allan from both associations effective March 31, 2013. “For over a decade, John has been the voice of the BC interior forest sector on key issues that matter to our companies, our communities and our employees,” said Arkle. “John has had the respect of government and industry which has made him very effective. On behalf of all COFI members, I would like to thank John for his strong leadership, particularly during the recent recession.”

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How to Keep Your Lumber Cost Low

Woodworking Network
March 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The most expensive raw material in most wood manufacturing plants is the lumber. Keeping a handle on the recently rising market and a steady supply are essential to staying profitable. …The lumber industry has a similar problem. There are hundreds of small sawmills, kilns and rough mills spread throughout the country. Each is cutting local timber, or drying and producing in their own particular way. They are the game hiding in the weeds and the best chance to control your lumber costs.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Pat Bell defends himself during Question Period

HQ Prince George
March 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jobs Minister Pat Bell was on the defensive again today when members of the NDP grilled him during question period about allegations involving the Wood Innovation and Design Centre. Last week, news arose that two Prince George businessmen filed complaints about Bell promising them to make the short-list for the design of the building, and not following through. Today, NDP Forestry Critic Norm Macdonald wanted answers.

RAW: Pat Bell says he did nothing wrong from CBC News

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NDP Call for Independent Inquiry

250 News
March 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The Wood Innovation Design Centre was once again the focus of the question period at the Provincial Legislature as the New Democrats issued a call for an independent investigation. ..The NDP’s Leonard Krog called on the Attorney General to call an independent investigation “Clear the air once and for all, if this government has nothing to hide then let it be investigated appropriately.” Krog said that when such serious allegations are made, it is vital the public interest be protected “and that requires the Attorney General get to the bottom of it.”

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Wood Products Council, Hiring To Push Large-Scale Wood Building

Woodworking Network
March 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…Wood Design Awards, resources for mass-timber building. WoodWorks is also seeking two specialists: a Region Director for Southern California and Texas, responsible for encouraging architects, engineers and other stakeholders to use wood framing in commercial building applications; and a Technical Director, Architectural and Engineering Solutions Division, to join a team toresearch, formulate and present technical solutions in wood design to practicing Architects and Engineers on building projects with the goal of increasing the use of wood in structures in the United States.

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Forestry

Forest issues demand urgent action

Liberal voice absent from forum at TRU
Kamloops Daily News
March 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A three-pronged strategy for tackling a morass of problems confronting B.C. forest management drew enthusiastic applause at a political forum on Wednesday. Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson, a former NDP forest critic now sitting as an independent, said the next B.C. government should immediately strike a committee on forestry, restore the function of the province’s chief forester and consider holding a royal commission of inquiry. “I think B.C. needs to have a truly independent chief forester who is a servant of the legislature,” said Simpson, who appeared via Skype from Victoria because the legislature is in session.

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Tree licence rollover has no public benefit

by By Anthony Britneff – Opinion: Provincial government trying to ram through Bill 8
Vancouver Sun
March 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

At first glance Bill 8 — the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act — looks like housekeeping legislation. Read a little closer and one discovers one of the most pernicious pieces of forest legislation to be tabled in the legislature since a forests minister lost his job over the same issue in 1989. …Unfortunately, this offer realistically works for only corporate tenants of the larger apartments. If you happen to be a First Nations’ band or a forest-dependent community occupying smaller apartments, this offer is not for you because your rented areas are uneconomic in size to roll over into a renewable 25-year lease.

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B.C. lumberjack was world log-rolling champ

Globe and Mail
March 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ardy Wickheim’s job was as easy as not falling off a log. The British Columbia lumberjack won four world championships as a professional log-roller. He and a younger brother dominated the sport through the 1950s and ’60s. Mr. Wickheim, who has died at 83, was a rugged, quiet man who preferred physical labour to a desk job. He rarely spoke to reporters, even after winning world titles.

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An unfair act for rural areas

Barrys Bay This Week
March 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario’s Endangered Species Act not only discriminates against rural property owners but is seriously impacting the region’s agriculture and forestry industries. …One positive move is the stated exemption of the forestry industry from the act under the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights. Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski said that, without the exemption, the act will have “catastrophic results” on the industry. “I’ve been saying for years that the impact of this was going to be tremendously negative right across Ontario,” he explained.

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True North supply shortage

Cochrane Times Post
March 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

True North Hardwood Plywood has been struggling to obtain logs since the fall. Even though their sales have been re-established, they have been paying the highest rates for logs and the market could allow them to ramp up to a 200 person workforce their committed logs have been going to other mills and out of province to Quebec. “Been a tremendous fight to get logs,” said Stephen Depow, General Manager at True North. “We don’t have enough wood to get through the shutdown period.” From mid-March to mid-May the roads are unpredictable due to the meltdown and restrictions are put on logging trucks.

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Aspen ranger sees endangered forest and a possible solution

Snelson leaving local post for job in Minnesota
Aspen Times
March 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

ASPEN — Scott Snelson doesn’t fit the stereotype of an environmentalist. He chews tobacco instead of granola. His full beard and stocky frame make him look more like a lumberjack than an activist. Yet he is one of the few people with intimate knowledge of how climate change is affecting the Roaring Fork Valley and how its impacts can be eased. In three years as Aspen-Sopris District ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, Snelson has learned more about the White River National Forest than most people learn in decades.

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SFI Applauds EU’s New Illegal Logging Rules

Canada NewsWire (press release)
March 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WASHINGTON and STOCKHOLM, – Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®), today applauded the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), which took effect March 3 and prohibits illegally harvested timber or products derived from such timber to be brought in the European Union. “Illegal logging undermines responsible forest governance, damages wildlife habitat, and reduces the potential for forests to provide stable supplies of products and support local communities,” Abusow said. “The EUTR, just like the U.S. Lacey Act, is an important regulatory tool to address illegal logging and enable legal global trade in forest products.”

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Tasmanian tree-sitter ends record protest

AAP
March 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A BUSHFIRE has forced tree-sitter Miranda Gibson to end her record-breaking protest in southern Tasmania after 449 days. Anti-logging activist Ms Gibson has lived on a platform 60m up a eucalypt tree in the Tyenna Valley northwest of Hobart since December 2011. The 31-year-old says a fire is burning around 2km away and she has been advised to leave the area.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Future is here, says climate change panellist

Kamloops Daily News
March 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Variables in precipitation due to climate change — not rising temperatures — will have the greatest impact on B.C.’s forests over the next 30 or 40 years, foresters heard at a gathering at TRU on Tuesday. The annual winter workshop of the Southern Interior Silviculture Committee was described as a chance to review themes of the last decade, and climate change was a case in point. …”It’s a very long-term issue and we’ve been delaying, denying and sending committees when we should be doing something because we know what to do,” Klenner told about 200 foresters from the public and private sectors.

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General

Timber “Super Cycle” Expected in 2013

HQ Prince George
March 6, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Timber is expected to be a hot commodity in 2013. Executive Director for the Central Interior Logging Association MaryAnne Arcand says analysts have been predicting a ‘super cycle’ for timber for the past few years now. But she says with the current American housing market and growing trade with Asia, demand is outstripping supply.

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