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Daily Archives: March 12, 2013

Business & Politics

Fortress Paper cuts Q4 by more than half to nearly $4 million on higher revenues

Canadian Press
March 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – Fortress Paper cut its fourth-quarter loss by more than half to $4 million on a nearly doubling of revenues due largely to a more than five-fold increase in pulp shipments and a strong performance in its European wallpaper business. The Vancouver-based pulp and paper producer reported Monday evening that it lost 27 cents per share for the period ended Dec. 31, compared to a loss of 64 cents per share, or $9.2 million a year earlier.

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Mill boss fires back at MLA

Prince George Citizen
March 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The splinters are flying in a forestry fight between local MLA Bob Simpson and the owners of Burns Lake’s Babine Forest Products (BFP). Hampton Affiliates’ CEO Steve Zika issued a retort on Monday to a series of statements by Simpson berating the provincial government for the way it has helped the destroyed mill get back on its feet. “While everyone is entitled to their opinion and we do not often get involved in political propaganda, I felt I had to respond to the continual attacks on BFP and the community of Burns Lake through the recent misinformation generated by [Simpson],” said Zika from the Hampton Affiliates headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

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Greenstone mayor, natural resources minister chat about idled mills

TB Newswatch
March 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Greenstone’s two area sawmills need to be restarted. That was the main focus of a recent meeting between the mayor and the Minister of Natural Resources at the Ontario Good Roads Conference. One sawmill is in Longlac, the other in Nakina. Both have been closed since 2008 when Buchanan Forest Products ceased operations due to the poor lumber market. The two facilities have since sat idle with little activity.

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Resolute Announces Indefinite Idling of Paper Machine at its Calhoun Mill

Canada Newswire press release
March 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. announced today the indefinite idling of a newsprint machine at its Calhoun mill in Tennessee. The idling comes as a result of a decrease in demand for newsprint, coupled with high operating costs for the machine, which produced 215,000 metric tons per year. The decision follows Resolute’s March 11 acquisition of the 49% interest in Calhoun Newsprint Company owned by The Herald Publishing Company, LLC, its joint-venture partner.

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RuralAus shutting Perth office in move to SA

ABC News, Australia
March 12, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry group RuralAus will close its Perth office and move its headquarters to Adelaide. The closure will result in some redundancies. John Ipsen also has resigned as CEO and Ian Greenyer will act in the role. RuralAus has terminated its managed investment schemes in Western Australia and now will have only the Timber Creek pine sawmill on Kangaroo Island, south of Adelaide.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Clark overstepped fiscal bounds with failed plan for tallest wood building: former finance minister

Globe and Mail
March 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Former finance minister Kevin Falcon says the political storm over a collapsed deal to build a palace for B.C. wood products in Prince George was triggered when Premier Christy Clark overstepped the bounds of what the provincial treasury was willing to pay. On a September 19, 2011, visit to Prince George, home of two of her most powerful cabinet ministers, Ms. Clark stepped up the rhetoric around the long-promised Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC), saying it would be the world’s tallest wood building.

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Loan for wooden building bypassed Treasury Board’s approval, documents show

Globe and Mail
March 12, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A public-money trust issued a multimillion-dollar loan to a Prince George businessman and B.C. Liberal Party insider without project approval from the provincial government’s Treasury Board, which was a key condition of the transaction, according to documents obtained by The Globe and Mail. The Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) approved the $8.9-million loan to Commonwealth Campus Corporation, a company controlled by Dan McLaren, in 2009.

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Assessing the impact of the European Union Timber Regulation

Supply Management
March 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) entered into force on the 3 March 2013 in the UK. It is a new legal obligation for European businesses to ensure timber products they use have not been illegally sourced. The ramifications of the EUTR for buyers are significant, but some businesses need to wake up to the regulation. It does not impact raw timber importers in isolation – it has an impact on all business users of timber products.

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Forestry

Tree farm licences are making Crown land inaccessible

Letter from Lesley Bohm
Vancouver Sun
March 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Thanks to Anthony Britneff for bringing to our attention Bill 8 which proposes to allow private forest companies to roll over forest licences into tree farm licences, which would give them private property rights over Crown land. The Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C., of which I am a member and former president, has had horrible access problems for recreation on private forest lands on Vancouver Island and want no part of it here on the mainland. END

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Councillor raises concerns about woodlots disappearing

Chatham Daily News
March 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

BOTHWELL – Huge chunks of woodlots are being cut down in the former Zone Township this week as landowners rush to beat a possible municipal tree-cutting moratorium. Chatham-Kent Councillor Michael Bondy said Monday the issue has become very divisive. According to an email from the CK Woodlot Preservation Team to municipal officials on Sunday, the next two weeks will be “sickening” in terms of clear cutting in the Thamesville-Bothwell area. The organization says 100 acres of woodlot was taken down this weekend and 500 more acres could come down by March 25.

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Are forestry policies replacing one hazard with another?

Summit Daily
March 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…The Lower North Fork fire also highlights the challenge of Colorado’s red zone — where overgrown and unhealthy forests threaten to overrun homes with wildfires. And mitigation efforts to prevent catastrophic megafires like the Hayman, forest managers hope to treat forests with thinning and prescribed burning. But even planned fires in these heavily fueled and tinder-dry forests have the potential to jump their boundaries, like the controlled burn that grew into the deadly Lower North Fork fire.

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Sustainable forestry spurs economic growth

by Sen. Josh McKoon
LaGrange Daily News
March 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

…Certification benefits foresters; unfortunately, government regulations are interfering with what should ideally be an open market for competing programs. The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system – followed by federal government agencies and hundreds of cities across the U.S. – only gives sustainability credits to wood certified by FSC. These credits are essential to entering LEED projects nationwide, which number in the thousands.

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World Heritage objections sent to Paris

ABC News, Australia
March 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

About a dozen objections to Tasmania’s World Heritage Area nomination have been sent to the UNESCO committee in Paris. The Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has asked the International World Heritage Committee to protect 170 000 hectares of land on the eastern border of the existing World Heritage area. The President of the Huon Resource Development Group, George Harris, said special timber groups, farmers and private landowners are among those who have filed objections.

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MLCs focus on forest report

Tasmania Examiner
March 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

MLCs are buckling down for three days of discussion on a draft report on the forestry inquiry before its probable release on Friday. The 169-page draft report details the findings of the select committee on the Tasmanian Forest Agreement Bill from 12 days of hearings and more than 130 public submissions. It is unlikely to make any recommendations, but Huon MLC and committee chairman Paul Harriss says that doesn’t mean the bill will pass the upper house without amendment. Mr Harriss said the final report may be released on Friday and debated when the Legislative Council resumes for the year next week.

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Fire risk forces cuts to logging

Stuff.co.nz
March 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Nelson logging crews are working half days and public access to most of the region’s forests is being closed as the relentlessly hot weather and spiralling fire danger continues to bite. The wider forest industry is expected to take a hit with the reduced production hours, although those affected say it is too early to assess the full cost. Commercial forests in Hira and Golden Downs moved to code orange yesterday triggering a compulsory noon cutoff for using chainsaws to avoid the risk of fire starting at the hottest time of the day. The code is driven by daily fire risk assessments.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Carbon questions

ABC News, Australia
March 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The Federal Opposition has questioned the modelling used to predict a $2.5 billion windfall in carbon credits for Tasmania. The windfall is predicted if the Forest Peace deal passes the Upper House. …Federal Opposition Environment spokesman Greg Hunt is dubious and wants the detail. “We just expect the government to release the full details the workings and to table them within parliament this coming week,” he said. Huon MLC Paul Harriss questions the timing of the news.

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Planes to be powered by straw and timber

ABC News, Australia
March 11, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Australia could be fuelling aeroplanes with waste from crops and plantation timber within three to five years according to a key research institute. The Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is part of an international researchers team aiming to make five per cent of the worlds aviation fuel out of biomass by 2020. Executive director of the CRC, John McGrath, says this will require a new level of biomass production in Australia.

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