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Daily Archives: March 14, 2013

Business & Politics

Fortress Paper sells German mill for $213 million

Dresden wallpaper plant was a big cash generator for North Vancouver company
Vancouver Sun
March 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

t’s risky, but good. That’s the sentiment that emerged Wednesday after North Vancouver’s Fortress Paper announced it’s selling a cash-generating asset in Germany in order to tighten the focus around products from its remaining three pulp and paper facilities. The company has a deal to sell its Dresden wallpaper base mill to Germany’s Glatfelter Gernsbach for $213 million Cdn, with the transaction closing June 30. Fortress shares closed nearly 13 per cent higher Wednesday on the TSX, a rare uptick for a stock that has plummeted from a peak of $60 in early 2011.

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A rebuilding US leads to reborn NS sawmill

Chronicle Herald
March 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The American housing rebound is reverberating right down to the school advisory committee in River John.  An odd connection, yes, but true. If it weren’t for Americans buying lumber to rebuild their lives, in the wake of an economic collapse and a series of natural disasters, then the Scotsburn Lumber Ltd. sawmill wouldn’t have reopened last fall. And if Jay Reid hadn’t been called back to work, the single father would have had to pack his bags and seek work elsewhere.

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Future seems bright for Turuss in Chesley

The Post
March 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CHESLEY – Truckloads of raw lumber arrive daily at the Turuss (Canada) Industry Co. Ltd. facility in Chesley’s industrial park. The lumber – white oak, red oak, walnut, hickory, ash and hard maple – is purchased both locally, and in at least five American states, and is brought to the 410,000-square-foot facility, where it is sorted, graded, dried and prepared for container shipment to China.

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Resolute Forest layoff to impact 150

Cleveland Daily Banner
March 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Resolute Forest Products announced Tuesday morning it would cease production of newsprint at the mill that was once the largest producer of newsprint in the United States. The announcement affects 150 of the mill’s 610 employees who will be laid off over the next several months, according to Resolute Forest Products U.S. Public Affairs Director Debbie Johnston. The layoffs are permanent, although some hourly employees will retain recall rights. Severance will be provided to affected employees according to the local labor agreement or the corporate policy for salaried employees.

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Former Gunns Chairman to stand trial in August

ABC News, Australia
March 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A date has been set for the Supreme Court trial of the former chairman of the collapsed Tasmanian timber company Gunns. John Gay has pleaded NOT guilty to two counts of insider trading in 2009. It’s alleged he sold 2.4 million Gunns shares shortly before their value dropped.

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First stage of $2m sawmill revamp opens

ABC News, Australia
March 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A Mount Gambier sawmill operator believes its local investment shows the future of the forestry industry in south-east South Australia is promising. NF McDonnell and Sons yesterday officially opened stage one of its $2 million sawmill redevelopment. Managing director Ian McDonnell says the company has invested in the future of the industry and plans to take advantage of markets overseas and domestically.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

The Wood Innovation Center, Nothing But The Facts Please

250 News
March 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

If you have followed the media across the country, by now you have had several different versions of what took place, and the government’s involvement in the Wood Innovation Center in Prince George. In one case, there is a suggestion that the loan by Commonwealth Campus is in default for $8.9 million dollars, in another the property in question is listed as the 500 block of George St. Yet in another scenario, it is suggested that the property that is in foreclosure is the property where the Wood Innovation Centre will be built. All wrong.

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SierraPine President Elected to CPA Executive Committee

Woodworking Network
March 13, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

LEESBURG, VA – SierraPine President Jeff Johnson has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Composite Panel Association (CPA). The At-Large seat was previously held by Jim Skinner, who retired at the end of last year. Johnson was appointed president of SierraPine last December. SierraPine manufactures medium density fiberboard (MDF) and particleboard from five locations in the United States.

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Advocate for the healing power of wood

Stuff.co.nz
March 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A Canadian architect has come to New Zealand this week rooting for the use of building designs with a “feel good” factor. Farrow Partnership Architects senior partner Tye Farrow, an expert in the use of wood-rich architecture, has designed some of the largest public hospitals in Canada. Identified by the World Congress on Design and Health as a “global leader” in health design, he believed wood was an under-used product in the construction of commercial-sized buildings. Architecture which makes people feel well was based on a simple idea called salutogenesis, he said.

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Forestry

Independent MLA calls for public inquiry into BC forestry policy

HQ Prince George
March 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cariboo North Independent MLA Bob Simpson is calling for a public inquiry into BC Forest policy after the provincial government deferred plans Tuesday which proposed sweeping changes to the way Victoria manages BC’s forests. “In order to actually make a meaningful change in forest policy you need to know what’s going on now. And the only way you can really do that is through a full independent public inquiry. Get an understanding of what’s going on, where the areas of improvement are needed and then you can do good forest policy.”

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SFU researcher studies non-timber forest resources in the Valley

BC Local News
March 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents of the North Thompson Valley are flexible and inventive in finding ways around barriers to harvesting non-timber forest resources. They also work together informally to manage those resources using their own local and/or traditional knowledge. Those were two of the findings from her research that Simon Fraser University graduate student Samantha Charlton presented during a public meeting held Thursday evening at the Community Resource Center in Clearwater.

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Forest tenure change pulled back

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
March 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – The B.C. government has withdrawn legislation to overhaul its system of Crown forest licences, after protests that it would give too much control to forest companies. …”Clearly there are very significant benefits to area-based management,” Forests Minister Steve Thomson said Tuesday. “But there has also been a lot of misinformation and perceptions created around what it is and what it isn’t.”

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Tree cutting near streams opposed

CBC News
March 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Watershed management groups on P.E.I. have come out against a proposal to allow more harvesting of trees near streams and rivers. Currently there is a 15-metre buffer zone around waterways where tree cutting is not allowed, the same as for farming, except in rare cases where the province grants an exception. Last week Ira Smith of the P.E.I. Woodlot Owners Association argued before a legislature committee the buffer zone was not necessary.

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Forest Co. official travels to Washington, addresses forest management

WTAQ
March 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

CRANDON, WI (WXPR) – A Forest county economic development leader traveled to the nation’s capitol this week to talk about the impact of national forest management on rural economies and communities. Forest County Economic Development Partnership Executive Director Jim Schuessler testified before the U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry. R.T. Krueger is a member of the Partnership and says Schuessler’s testimony was critical to understanding the situation. He says the Partnership has been successful in diversifying Forest county’s economy.

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State’s Forestry Dept. cuts seven jobs

Coos Bay World
March 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COOS BAY — As logging in state forests comes to a standstill, the local state forestry office is feeling the crunch. According to Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Rod Nichols, the state anticipated the need to cut seven positions at its Coos District Office. Nichols said the reductions are coming from 23 positions that handle the Elliott State Forest Management plan. Harvest yield for the 2013-2014 fiscal year was initially anticipated at 40 million board feet, but ODF has reduced those expectations to 15 million board feet.

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Tree planting grants offered to local Tree Cities; first come, first served

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
March 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is excited to announce that funding is available for tree planting projects. Only cities who are one of our Tree City USA communities can apply. Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, or tribal governments may apply in partnership with designated communities.   The 2013 Tree City USA Tree Planting Grants
provide financial assistance to communities working to achieve the goal
of a self-sustaining community forestry program by properly planting
trees to increase canopy cover.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

New government research adds to biomass emissions controversy

Carbon Brief
March 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Government research examining emissions from biomass power generation seems unlikely to settle arguments over how polluting it is. But as campaigners and industry continue to argue about whether biomass could cut greenhouse gas emissions, the government has ambitious plans to increase the amount in the UK’s energy mix. This is why the Department of Energy and Climate
Change (DECC) has developed a
calculator, which considers twelve
different scenarios for producing and burning biomass and works out
the associated emissions.

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