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Daily Archives: March 18, 2013

Froggy Foibles

Video: Emma, Le Trefle

Le Trefle
March 18, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

Funny video advertising toilet paper in France!

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Business & Politics

Ainsworth Lumber Coverage Initiated at Salman Partners

Zolmax
March 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Analysts at Salman Partners started coverage on shares of Ainsworth Lumber in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday. The firm set a “buy” rating and a $5.00 price target on the stock. A number of other analysts have also recently weighed in on ANS.

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West Fraser Timber : Continuation of the bullish trend

4-traders
March 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The stock of West Fraser Timber could reach new historical highs. From a fundamental viewpoint, the company is strong. It has a reasonable valuation with an EV/Sales ratio of 0.95x. The Thomson Reuters consensus revised regularly upward EPS estimates of the company for the current year. 

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Former Howe Sound pulp mill site eyed by Singapore company for LNG plant

The Tyee
March 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Squamish Mayor Rob Kirkham has more questions than answers when it comes to Pacific Energy Corp.’s plans to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at Woodfibre. The energy company, based in Singapore, has expressed an interest in buying the former pulp mill site on the west side of Howe Sound to build an LNG facility. It’s described as a small scale export facility by Ratnesh Bedi, president of Pacific Energy.

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For B.C. lumber company opportunity knocks in Gulf states

SPF Precut Lumber of Port Coquitlam is province’s largest exporter of wood products to Middle East
Vancouver Sun
March 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Port Coquitlam lumber exporter with an eye to increasing the market for B.C. wood in the booming Gulf State economies is heading for Dubai next month to host the region’s first lumber-grading seminar. The desert region may be an unusual choice to introduce lumber grading skills, but for SPF Precut Lumber, growth in countries like Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates means wood demand is on the rise.

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BC surpasses Russia to become the largest supplier of lumber to China

Troy Media
March 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

China’s hunger for wood was less acute in 2012 than the previous year. In particular, importation of softwood logs fell substantially from the record levels of 2011. Importation of lumber was also lower in 2012, but the decline was much less than that of logs. The biggest changes in wood imports between 2011 and 2012 were the sharp decline of Russian logs crossing the Chinese border and the reduced lumber volumes of U.S. lumber entering Chinese ports.

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Meadow Lake OSB recieves two awards

Meadow Lake Progress
March 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Meadow Lake Oriented Strand Board (OSB) has received two awards for excellence from its parent company, Tolko Industries Ltd. Tolko’s Meadow Lake operation was the recipient of both the Gold Level Safety Performance award and the 2012 Excellence in Forest Management Practices award. In a media release, Tolko CEO Brad Thorlakson congratulated the Meadow Lake OSB for their dedication to safety and upholding company values.

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Alberni’s McLean Mill looks for subsidy compromise

Alberni Valley News
March 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

If McLean Mill National Historic Site’s steam sawmill was busier, the city wouldn’t have to subsidize it so much, says Coun. Jack McLeman. McLeman is calling on Vancouver Island-based logging companies to donate more logs to the mill. Councillors passed a motion at the Feb. 27 budget meeting seeking donations of logs to boost lumber sales at the mill. According to McLeman, Western Forest Products donated some logs in 2012 and the results were good for the mill.

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Viral Video Star, Johnny Canuck Reveals the Softer, More Sustainable Face of a Traditional BC Sector

Coast Forest Products Association
March 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER BC – Coast Forest Products Association presents the fifth installment of the Johnny Canuck films made by Adam MacKay Smith of Sugar High Productions. The video, entitled, “The Legend of Johnny Canuck, Part 2” marks the second film release in 2013 that partners an iconic coastal lumberjack, a favorite NHL hockey team along with the BC coast forest sector. “The Johnny Canuck films are a fun way of re-connecting,” says Rick Jeffery, President & CEO of Coast Forest Products Association.

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Municipal forest rebranding underway

Mission City Record
March 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As the five-year cutting cycle for Mission’s forestry department comes to an end, there are plans to rebrand the business and operations under a new name, Mission Forest Enterprise. “We want to look for opportunities to create more revenue and jobs, and maintain a working forest,” explained Bob O’Neal, acting director of forest management for the district. Focusing on specialty markets is one way to create a higher value product, explained O’Neal, who can also support local artists looking for a unique piece of wood.

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Cedar not exported

Letter by Dwight Yochim Executive Director Truck Loggers Association
Coquitlam Now
March 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

I am writing about the article, “Flavelle sawmill’s future questioned” (Friday, March 8). I had a question myself. Given that Flavelle mills cedar and that, by law, there is virtually no cedar exported, how have log exports impacted the mill? There is obviously another cause for this cedar shortage but it can’t be log exports when cedar logs can’t be exported.  However, I agree it would be a tragedy if we lost this mill.
Someone should find out the real reason for Flavelle’s cedar shortage
and see if that can be addressed to save this mill and those jobs.

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Ontario needs better policies to help forestry Jamie Lim tells committee

Timmins Times
March 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario’s forestry industry is on the road to recovery, but it could use a lot more support and help from the Ontario government. That was part of the message delivered in Timmins this week by former mayor Jamie Lim, who now heads up the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA). Speaking to the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, Lim said it is in the province’s best interest to actively support the forest industry.

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Construction Material Prices Increase Slightly in February

DWM Magazine
March 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Construction material prices rose .3 percent in February according to the March 14 Producer Price Index (PPI) report by the U.S. Department of Labor. Overall, construction materials prices remain 2 percent higher than one year ago.

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Hardwood Lumber Sales Tick Up

woodworkingnetwork
March 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Sales activity continued to improve in nearly every part of the hardwood industry. On the production side, sawmills are much busier now than in the last few years. Most mills have enough logs to operate normal hours, though “normal” for many is now 35 to 40 hours per week compared to 40 to 45 in the past.

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Lumberyards bustling again as housing market improves

Los Angeles Times
March 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

 … Thanks to a housing rebound in which new homes and apartments are being built, California’s timber industry is slowly on the mend after being devastated during the economic downturn. Sawmills that cut timber into boards are reopening and hiring again. Truck companies that haul that wood out of state are revving up. Lumber prices have soared more than 40% over last year.

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Plum Creek vice president sits down for Q&A session

The company might not have survived if it had tried to be a straight commodity producer.
The Missoulian
March 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

COLUMBIA FALLS – Last week, Plum Creek’s vice president for Northwest resources and manufacturing, Tom Ray, sat down with the Missoulian and discussed how his company’s future fits into Montana’s economy. …Montana is a very important state to Plum Creek, and it will be for many
years to come. We own 6.4 million acres, and 900,000 of them are in
Montana, as are 60 percent of our employees.

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Plum Creek’s Evergreen stud mill hums back to life

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
March 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

… A year earlier, Plum Creek announced it was selling 320,000 acres of its Montana timberland to the public in the Montana Legacy Project. The U.S. housing market had collapsed, buried under the rubble of a national banking system riddled with toxic mortgages. So the announcement last week that Plum Creek was revving up its Evergreen mill and adding back 30 jobs wasn’t just a shift in the business cycle. For many, it was proof of life in one of the giants of Montana’s industrial community.

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Western MT sees timber interest from China, S. Korea

KPAX-TV
March 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Chines, Korean companies interested in Montana lumber from the Missoulian
MISSOULA – A wood buyers conference wrapped up Sunday in Missoula, and some potential and substantial international deals could be on the table. …Dozens of eager buyers from China and South Korea toured different lumber plants, and even toured the Lubrecht Forest, to see the Western Montana product first hand. China is the biggest importer of wood given their own timber ban, but they are currently not buying any lumber from Montana.

Timber event has international feel from CDAPress.com
Northwest wood products feed hungry Asian market from the Spokesman-Review
Chinese Korean companies interested in Montana lumber from the Missoulian
Log and Lumber buyers from Asia to visit Missoula this weekend from the NBC Montana

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Governor marks Saratoga sawmill’s startup and celebrates new jobs

The mill closed 10 years ago, now back in business
County10.com
March 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

(Saratoga, Wyo.) – Governor Matt Mead attended a ribbon cutting today at the Saratoga Forest Management Mill. The sawmill is up and running again after closing down in 2003. The mill will employ a total of 80 people and support 40-50 loggers. “It is exciting to see this sawmill up and running again. The mills in Carbon County are important to the economy, provide great jobs and produce a needed commodity. They are also a valuable tool to help deal with the effects of bark beetle,” Governor Mead said.

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Forestry Tas keeps production forests

ABC News, Australia
March 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania will retain control of production forests under the Government’s restructure of the state-owned company. The company will be split in two, transferring control of national parks and reserves to a new statutory authority to be created within the Parks and Wildlife Department. The Resources Minister, Bryan Green, was considering stripping Forestry Tasmania of the management of commercial forests.

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Arc: Lumber treatment plant to drive exports

Building material player mulls listing
Jamaica Observer
March 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

ARC Systems Limited will use its new $400- million lumber treatment plant as a platform to make a foray into the Caribbean export market as well as door manufacturing. “We have had advanced discussions with suppliers in South America to basically buy the raw plywood there, ship here to Jamaica and use both for our own consumption and export within Caricom (and the Dominican Republic),” Deanall Barnes, Arc Systems vice-president of marketing and international sales, told Caribbean Business Report.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

BC plan to build ‘iconic’ wooden office building building turns into ‘ten-storey scandal’

by Brian Hutchinson
National Post
March 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A B.C. government plan to raise an “iconic” wooden office building in the middle of a northern town has been delayed so many times that people have started calling it the Petrified Tower. But the trouble that surrounds the Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in Prince George is no laughing matter. One local businessman claims he was “duped” into supporting the hapless scheme. Another alleges that a high-profile provincial politician meddled in the project’s sensitive bid procurement process.

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Wood project excellence honoured

Journal of Commerce
March 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The best designed wood projects in B.C. were recently honoured at an awards gala in Vancouver, B.C. “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, the executive director for Wood WORKS! BC, which hosted the event.

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BC Liberals had big plans for wood design centre in downtown Prince George

March 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

… So when the B.C. Liberal government of Gordon Campbell announced in its Feb. 16, 2009 throne speech that a Wood Innovation and Design Centre would be built, it seemed a perfect opportunity to help revitalize the downtown. Forests Minister Pat Bell, the MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie, said he expected to see “shovels in the ground” by the end of the year. While the province provided few details, the University of Northern B.C. quietly began putting together a bold concept-plan.

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The Ninth Annual BC Wood Design Awards in Vancouver (& video)

Journal of Commerce
March 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ninth Annual B.C. Wood Design Awards were recently held in Vancouver, showcasing the best and most innovative uses of wood in large and small-scale architecture and construction in British Columbia. Mary Tracey, the executive director of Wood WORKS! BC spoke to the Journal of Commerce about the wide variety of projects that garnered awards throughout the evening, from large institutional buildings to residential buildings and even a monastery.

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Why We Just Might Want to Build Skyscrapers Out of Wood

The Atlantic Cities
March 18, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

After ruinous fires that laid waste to wide swaths of the urban landscape, cities more than a century ago were eager for technology to come to the rescue, with new building materials and methods. …Wood, meanwhile, was relegated to furniture – some of it quite glorious – and interior design. Building materials sourced from trees were fine for an arts-and-crafts bungalow, but hard (no pun intended) to take seriously as the central component of major buildings.

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From storm-felled trees, planks for teens to build on

Philly.com
March 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

William S. Haines Jr. knew what he wanted to do when he saw hundreds of Atlantic white cedars blown down by megastorm Sandy on his land in Chatsworth, Burlington County. He’d restore the forest by selling the highly sought-after wood and turn a negative into a positive. Then Haines learned of another restoration effort by an organization that uses wood to build young lives – and decided to donate cedar trees to the cause.

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Walton County man helps revive skill of timber-framed barns

Wayne Ford
March 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Whit Holder has ventured inside the huge barns of Ohio and Pennsylvania to examine the joints that bind the massive timbers and to look at the aged tool marks of construction to see “how the old timers did it.” Today, Holder builds those type of barns using large timbers and wooden pegs reminiscent of a structural skill that nearly died out as the 20th century evolved new ways to build barns.

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Forestry

Students explore forestry industry in virtual reality

Hinton Parklander
March 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Gerard Redmond senior high school students were earning class credits with a joystick last week. About 15 forestry students hopped into the seat of virtual reality simulators set up by the Woodlands Operations Learning Foundation. The simulators are modelled on heavy equipment machines used by the forestry industry. Students could spend up to six hours in the simulation to earn two credits towards the school’s forestry program.

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The fight to protect what’s left of old-growth forests

Globe and Mail
March 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Let’s forget about the end of oil for a moment and worry about something more immediate: the end of old-growth forests. British Columbia is the last place in Canada where you can still find ancient, monumental trees standing outside parks. … Surprisingly, it is still legal in B.C. to cut down trees like that. And so many of these giants have been cut over the past 20 years, says Ken Wu of the Ancient Forest Alliance, that the end of old growth is near.

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Pat Bell wraps up 12 year legislative career

HQPrinceGeorge.com
March 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jobs Minister Pat Bell wrapped up his 12 year legislative career in Victoria yesterday but says there’s been some real highlights along the way. “Some of the work that I did in forestry in particular in advancing the needs of community forests of woodlots. Changing some of the systems around stumpage was meaningful in terms of our ability to defend ourselves against American allegations that BC’s industry might have been subsidized, clearly not the case.”

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Valuable wildlife habitat conserved near Parksville

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
March 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PARKSVILLE – Wildlife habitat on central Vancouver Island is better protected today following new additions to the Parksville-Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area. …These new additions, comprised of land owned by The Nature Trust of BC and leased to the Ministry, include a five-kilometre stretch of riparian habitat along the Englishman River which will help sustain a sensitive steelhead trout fishery and protect community water supplies.

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Looking to rebound

TbNewsWatch
March 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario’s Minister of Northern Development and Mines says he doubts forestry will ever return to its glory days. But, Michael Gravelle said on Friday, there’s no reason to doubt it can’t rebound and challenge mining in terms of job creation and economic impact in the province. He added the creation of the Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation and the appointment of its first chairman and board of directors is a positive step in that direction.

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Total fungus genome could fight tree-killer

Futurity
March 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Scientists have mapped the genome of the fungus that causes Dutch Elm disease, an infection that threatens the survival of trees around the world.The findings could help scientists figure out how to prevent the fungus, Ophiostoma ulmi, from destroying elm trees in the future… Relatively little is known about the fungus that causes Dutch Elm disease, and it’s a very distant relative of the fungi that are more often studied by researchers, like bread mold or beer yeast.

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Trees for Life – The Urban Tree Coalition

Green infrastructure Ontario coalition
March 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In 2012, representatives from a number of organizations came together to discuss the need for a united voice and a concerted effort to protect and enhance the urban forest. Shortly after this initial meeting, a committee was formed under the name Trees for Life, The Urban Tree Coalition.  The Trees for Life committee will coordinate and support activities that protect and enhance the urban forest in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Council to decide on woodlot deputations

Chatham Daily News
March 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

With the issue expected to come forward later this month, Chatham-Kent council will have the final say on whether there will be further deputations concerning a possible woodlot bylaw and clear-cutting moratorium. There have been a number of recent meetings involving various groups, said chief administrative officer Don Shropshire, although he stressed they weren’t municipal meetings, only that he helped facilitate them. “Ultimately it’s going to be council’s decision as to whether there’s deputations,” he said Friday, noting there have already been about 75 of them to council.

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Shrinking crew of loggers part of team thinning out forest around Lake Como

The Missoulian
March 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LAKE COMO – “They call me Logger Bob.” So says Bob Selzler as he pulls the heavy choker cable toward the next large ponderosa pine stretched out across the forest floor. “Logging is really all I know.” With a practiced ease, he wraps the cable around the butt end of yellow-barked pine and pulls it tight with hands protected by bright orange gloves that seem oddly out of place. “It’s been 30 years now that I’ve been doing this. I fight fires during the summer sometimes.

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Leaving Behind Logging Debris Could Help Fight Invasive Weeds

Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A new study from the research arm of the U.S. Forest Service suggests that leaving behind broken branches and the tips of treetops after logging can help fight invasive species. Scientists suspected that fir boughs and other logging leftovers known as slash could act like gardener’s mulch and protect the soil. …So, could leaving behind slash help provide an alternative to spraying herbicides on clear-cuts to control weeds? That depends a little on your perspective.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass centre closer to reality

Meadow Lake Progress
March 14, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The First Nations Power Authority (FNPA) is hoping to start construction of the Meadow Lake Bioenergy Centre this summer. The Bioenergy Centre is a planned $150 million, 36,000 kilowatts biomass facility that would use wood byproducts from Norsask Forest Products to produce green energy. The FNPA was created by Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) and is partnered with SaskPower for the project.

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General

BC Liberals had big plans for wood design centre in downtown Prince George

March 18, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

… So when the B.C. Liberal government of Gordon Campbell announced in its Feb. 16, 2009 throne speech that a Wood Innovation and Design Centre would be built, it seemed a perfect opportunity to help revitalize the downtown. Forests Minister Pat Bell, the MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie, said he expected to see “shovels in the ground” by the end of the year. While the province provided few details, the University of Northern B.C. quietly began putting together a bold concept-plan.

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