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Daily Archives: March 8, 2013

Opinion / Editorial

The More Things Change…..

By Dwight Yochim, RPF, Executive Director, TLA
Truck Loggers Association
March 4, 2013
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada, Canada West

Although you don’t have to take a history lesson to know BC’s economy is reliant on a healthy forest sector and BC’s next government can set policies that will either encourage or discourage growth – it might not hurt to take one. Consider some of the recent headlines in the Tree Frog News: “Area versus land base tenures”, “Log export policies to change”, “New contractor protection legislation”. Sound familiar? Well it should if you’re long on the tooth, or if you’ve been reading some of the back issues of Truck LoggerBC magazine, as I have.

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Business & Politics

Wood fiber costs decreased in North and South America in 4Q 2012

Woodworking Network
March 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States, International

Lower pulp prices during last summer and an increased supply of sawmill chips put downward pressure on pulpwood prices in North America and Latin America in the 4Q/12. The biggest declines occurred in Western US, British Columbia and Brazil. Wood fiber prices trended downward in the local currencies in many of the key pulp-producing countries of the world in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the report Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).

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Ainsworth Announces 2012 Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

4 Traders
March 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia – Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. …”Our three operating mills continued to generate efficiency gains, which
enabled us to increase shipments and benefit from higher OSB prices. In
2012, we exceeded our prior year output by over 5% while also
establishing a new annual production record. Looking forward into 2013,
we expect that demand will remain strong and we are working towards
restarting the High Level mill in the second half of the year, to meet
both North American and export market demand.”

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Billionaire buys pulp-mill port with plans to export LNG

The Province
March 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Indonesian billionaire Sukanto Tanoto has bought an industrial site at Squamish in order to export liquefied natural gas. ..Environmental watchers say Tanoto’s logging company, APRIL, has a checkered record in cutting down Indonesia’s rainforests. …Tanoto’s energy company, Pacific Oil & Gas, says it would use a deepwater port at the old Woodfibre pulp-mill site to operate what it calls a “small-scale” LNG facility. Natural gas would be liquefied for shipment in tankers to overseas markets.

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AFPA Q4 2012 Results

Alberta Forest Products Association
March 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Edmonton – Values of lumber, pulp and paper, and panelboard manufactured by Alberta Forest Products Association members totaled approximately $2.3 billion for 2012. The value of production was up $184 million or 9% from 2011. “Our industry has seen sustained growth in production and revenues this year,” said AFPA President and CEO Brady Whittaker. “The economics have been positive and that has allowed for further investment in our facilities, forest management and communities. We are very happy to be creating jobs and generating positive economic activity.”

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Flavelle sawmill’s future questioned

David Gray of Mill and Timber Products opposes policy of shipping raw logs from B.C
Coquitlam Now
March 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

For some, it’s a prime piece of real estate ripe for development, but for others the Flavelle sawmill in Port Moody represents a paycheque and one of the last vestiges of the city’s lumber roots. And the mill’s future as a viable business was spun further into doubt after David Gray of Mill and Timber Products recently stepped down from a timber committee, expressing his concern for how long the decades-old mill could stay open. Gray, who was a member of the province’s Timber Export Advisory Committee, stepped down last month, citing his opposition to government policy related to the export of raw logs.

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Employees sue Weyerhaeuser over claim of lost benefits

Kamloops Daily News
March 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fifteen employees who worked at Kamloops Pulp when it was operated by Weyerhaeuser Co. are suing the company in B.C. Supreme Court, claiming lost benefits. Employees who were at the pulp mill in 2007, when ownership was transferred to Domtar Corp., are claiming the same contractual benefits were not continued under the new operator. Those benefits include a five per cent match to a group RSP, an investment growth plan and flexible plan account. The employees claim the Weyerhaeuser defined benefit pension plan values have suffered as a result. The employees are claiming damages and costs as well as interest. END

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Miramichi mill wants CN rail line reinstalled

Company planned to ship lumber, wood chips in May
CBC News
March 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A Miramichi mill is fighting to have a CN Railway line reinstalled after it was ripped up this week. Miramichi Lumber had plans to ship 600 rail cars of wood chips and 100 cars of lumber per year to Saint John by train beginning this spring, said Hal Raper, the company’s chief financial officer. “I was pretty disappointed. We were in negotiations to commence moving chips to Saint John to the Irving facility starting in May,” said Raper.

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Boise Cascade profits in its first quarter as a public company

The Idaho Statesman
March 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Plywood maker Boise Cascade Co. moved to a profit in its fourth quarter, bolstered by strong plywood prices and better demand for the products it makes and distributes. The Boise company, which went public last month, reported net income of $1.3 million for the three months ended Dec. 31. That compares with a loss of $13.8 million a year earlier. Revenue climbed 27 percent to $694.6 million from $547.4 million.

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Mill’s stance on ‘black liquor’ irks lawmakers

Washington Post
March 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

A month ago, the manager of Luke paper mill in western Maryland pledged in writing to remain neutral on a bill in the state legislature that would curtail renewable energy payments to mills burning a residue called “black liquor.” This week, he changed his mind. The flip-flop irked key Maryland lawmakers, but the Luke mill manager was just one of a parade of people from the American Forest and Paper Association, the United Steelworkers and Dominion Resources who opposed the bill in hearings in Annapolis on Tuesday and Thursday.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

NDP hounds gov’t on wood centre

Prince George Citizen
March 7, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The opposition NDP spent much of Wednesday’s question period calling for an independent inquiry into the procurement process around the Wood Innovation and Design Centre. A series of NDP MLAs said an investigation is necessary into Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Pat Bell’s alleged involvement in a loan handed out by Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) as part of a land deal around the proposed wood centre in downtown Prince George as well as a promise a local business said Bell made to him about the procurement process.

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More questions raised about ethics surrounding Prince George contract bid

Globe and Mail
March 8, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The head of an independent, public money trust was told by a senior government bureaucrat to rewrite a letter that said a loan to a private Prince George businessman and B.C. Liberal party insider was issued at the “request of two local Ministers of the Crown.” In a statement issued through a spokesperson, Janine North, the head of the Northern Development Initiative Trust, said that after she sent the letter addressed to two government bureaucrats, including the deputy of minister of forests, Dana Hayden, dated March 8, 2010, “provincial staff … asked for additional information and clarity, and asked the Trust to write a new letter.”

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Forestry

Meet the shy guy who became B.C.’s most distinguished forester

Campbell River Mirror
March 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

With firm but gentle hands, Rick Monchak holds the future of forestry. It’s just a foot-long Douglas fir seedling, one of millions planted annually in the coastal forests. Nonetheless, it’s Monchak’s baby, a toddler in the tree world that requires one last fatherly inspection before heading out to its new home – a cut-block in the Discovery Islands. “It’s such an art to grow these,” he says, slowly spinning it between two fingers, checking top to bottom for good traits and imperfections. …“It’s a passion. I use that word a lot,” says the professional forester.

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More interest in community forest idea

Queens County Advance
March 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

On Feb. 26, Freeman’s Forestry Initiative was the second group to present their plans for a community forest to The Region of Queens Municipal Council. The group is one of seven that is seeking government’s approval to operate a community forest. The group says it represents 700 direct full time jobs in the forestry. It also represents several businesses that relied on the former Resolute land including many sawmills from Queens county as well as some from other areas.

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Excitement in the Northeast Superior Region for Forest Tenure Modernization

Wawa News
March 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The modernization of forest tenure in Ontario has been underway for several years, with efforts being made at both the local and provincial levels to find ways to increase engagement of local level stakeholders. Through the collaboration of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR), several First Nation Communities, Forest Industry and Forest Based-Community working groups, a set of principles have been developed that will guide the transition to enhanced Sustainable Forest Licence (eSFL) companies.

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U.S. Forest Service may let more fires burn

Associated Press
March 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

After coming in $400 million US over budget following last year’s busy fire season, U.S. the Forest Service is altering its approach and may let more fires burn instead of attacking every one. The move, quietly made in a letter late last month by Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, brings the agency more in line with the National Parks Service and back to what it had done until last year. It also answers critics who said the agency wasted money and endangered firefighters by battling fires in remote areas that posed little or no danger to property or critical habitat.

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Biodiversity in Logged Forests Far Higher Than Once Believed

New research shows that scientists have significantly overestimated the damage that logging in tropical forests has done to biodiversity, a finding that could change the way conservationists think about how best to preserve species in areas disturbed by humans.
Yale Environment 360
March 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Researchers have discovered a significant flaw in large swaths of ecological research into the impact of logging on tropical forests: Scientists have been dramatically overestimating the damage done by loggers, skewing conservation strategies paid for by the donations of millions of environmentally minded citizens. Logged tropical forests, new research suggests, are much more valuable for biodiversity than previously thought. Our understandable preoccupation with protecting pristine ecosystems may be blinding us to the fact that the forests that have been selectively logged deserve conservation, too.

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