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Daily Archives: March 20, 2013

Business & Politics

Interfor says new timber properties in B.C.’s Kootenays will help local sawmill

Canadian Press
March 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Forest products company Interfor Ltd. has purchased two timber properties in the Kootenay region of British Columbia. Vancouver-based Interfor  says the deal, which is still subject to regulatory approval, will give it an additional annual cut area of 174,000 cubic metres. The purchase will also increase production at the company’s sawmill in Castlegar, B.C. Interfor operates sawmills in B.C., Washington and Oregon and employs 1,300 workers.

Click here for press release from Interfor

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Event: Premier Clark confirmed as Friday Luncheon Speaker at COFI Convention

Council of Forest Industries
March 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Scheduled for April 4-5 in Prince George, COFI’s Annual Convention is the largest annual gathering of the forest industry in western Canada and attracts senior representatives from industry customers and supplier groups, and local, provincial and federal governments. This year’s convention—which now includes Premier Clarke as a keynote speaker—will examine new challenges in attracting and retaining the necessary skilled workforce of the future, in further improving  forest sector safety and in responding to sustainable building systems changes in the market place.  For more information or to register click here

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Canadian Housing Starts Rebound in February

Woodworking Network
March 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

OTTAWA, ON — Improved markets for multi-family housing in Quebec and Ontario helped housing starts in Canada climb 13.7% to 180,719 units on a seasonally adjusted annual rate in February, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Big increases, especially in urban housing, were reported in Ontario, +46.8%; and Quebec, +34.9%. British Columbia gained 2.1% and the Prairies gained 1.5% while urban starts declined 31.7% in Atlantic Canada.

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Seeds for Growth: New Markets & New Products

PR News Wire
March 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Today, Wall Street Source announced new research reports highlighting Domtar Corp, P.H. Glatfelter Company, Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc., Resolute Forest Products Inc. and Fibria Celulose. Today’s readers may access these reports free of charge – including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings.

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Eco Building Products Affiliate Network Production Significantly Increases

Eco Red ShieldTM Protected Lumber Sales Create Ripple Effect Amongst ECOB’s Affiliate Network Representing an Increase in Company Chemical Sales
PR Newswire
March 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Eco Building Products, Inc., announced today that ECOB Affiliate Guthrie Lumber and Distribution, Inc., located in Austin Texas, has received Eco Red ShieldTM protected lumber coating orders in excess of five-hundred thousand board feet. This increase in production for the Company’s growing Affiliate Network supports the paradigm shift away from unprotected lumber products, industry-wide. Moreover, the increase in Affiliate sales represents an increase in the Company’s chemical production to support the demand for this technically advanced building material nationwide.

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Wood products: Don’t go for quick profits

Letter by Bruce Ford
The Missoulian
March 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

…Our resources are best sold as value-added, finished products, thus creating more jobs here. Sale of raw lumber or worse, raw logs, may create temporary jobs and quick profit, but is the hallmark of the exploitation of a poor, short-sighted country by richer ones.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Domtar showcases paper at digital technology festival

Daily News
March 19, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

In the middle of a tradeshow with flashing lights and loud music to promote new websites, video games and startup ideas, Domtar set up a wireless venue that made people halt, spurred them to step inside and quickly became one of the most popular features: the Paper Hotspot. The SXSW Interactive Festival describes itself as “an incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity.” This is where Domtar chose to set up the Paper Hotspot as an oasis. 

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WIDC Should Not Go Ahead Says Poll

250 News
March 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Since the Wood Innovation and Design Centre was first announced, it has been under a cloud of controversy. From the land assembly plan of the Commonwealth Campus Corp, to the site selection by City Council and through the bid process, there have been questions and accusations. …  According to our non scientific poll, just 40.5%  (1995) of those
who voted said YES it should proceed , while 59.5% (2925) said no, it
should not proceed.

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Forestry

Valuable wildlife habitat conserved near Penticton

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
March 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PENTICTON – Wildlife habitat in the Okanagan is better protected today following the establishment of the McTaggart-Cowan/nsek’tniw’t Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Today’s announcement by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson creates the McTaggart-Cowan/nsek’tniw’t WMA on the east side of Skaha Lake.

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Film explores threats and challenges to watersheds

Nanaimo Daily News
March 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It was in 1993 that local filmmaker Paul Manly was asked by the Sierra Club and Western Canada Wilderness Committee to help expose the problems that then existed in Victoria’s watershed. Manly hiked into the area with his camera and flew over it, and says what he discovered helped change the politics of watershed governance there. “What we found out there was that where they had been logging, they had just decimated Sooke Lake,” said Manly.

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Comment on draft plan for protecting vulnerable species

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
March 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Minister of Environment Terry Lake and Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson invite interested individuals and groups to comment on B.C.’s draft species-at-risk plan. Comments on “Protecting Vulnerable Species: A Draft Five-Year Plan for Species at Risk in British Columbia” will be accepted online and by mail until April 12, 2013. Comments will be reviewed and summarized on the website on a weekly basis in a frequently asked questions (FAQ) format.

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Struggling to start their adult lives

Today’s 20-somethings find it tough to land jobs and get established
The Province
March 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Today’s 20-somethings are tackling life at a different pace than those of previous generations. They’re having a tougher time finding jobs, they’re staying at home longer and putting off parenthood for later. …But not all hope is lost. Surveys of recent graduates suggest different fields of study can also yield vastly different results. Some 82 per cent of UBC’s bachelors of commerce graduates had found employment five months following graduation, while 34 per cent of bachelors of science forestry students received employment offers even before graduation.

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Greenpeace admits allegations against Resolute inaccurate

Globe and Mail
March 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Greenpeace Canada has issued a mea culpa concerning allegations it made last December that Resolute Forest Products Inc. committed logging violations by building roads in no-go conservation zones. The activist group said in a short news release Tuesday it made a mistake when it claimed that Montreal-based Resolute had breached the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement by approving and developing roads in “areas of suspended harvest” and that the company was conducting secret logging activities.

Greenpeace ‘sincerely regrets’ statements about forestry company from The Montreal Gazette
Greenpeace says allegations it made about Resolute Forest Products were wrong from The Canadian Press

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Forestry Hall of Fame to induct new members at general meeting in Truro

Truro Daily News
March 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TRURO – The annual general meeting of the Forestry Professionals of Nova Scotia in Truro on Thursday will be a big meeting for two members. Robert Bancroft and Dave Dwyer will be added to the Nova Scotia Forestry Hall of Fame during the meeting. These newest additions will bring the total number of inducted members since it began in 2004.

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Supreme Court throws out ruling classifying logging road runoff as industrial pollution

Associated Press
March 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with timber interests in a dispute over the regulation of runoff from logging roads in western forests. In a 7-1 vote, the court reversed a federal appeals court ruling which held that muddy water running off roads used in industrial logging is the same as any other industrial pollution, requiring a Clean Water Act permit from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Forest issues plan to protect watershed

Helena Independent Record
March 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Trees could be removed this fall along the corridor of Helena’s municipal water supply’s wooden flume and trestles under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by the Helena National Forest. Both forest and city officials agree that some type of large-scale watershed project is needed to protect the Upper Tenmile watershed, which supplies about 30,000 city residents with the bulk of their drinking water via the Red Mountain Flume.

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Forest peace deal threatens Tasmania’s statehood: Sue Smith

Yahoo!7 News
March 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The President of Tasmania’s Legislative Council has delivered a scathing assessment of the forest peace deal. It is rare for the Council’s President to speak on a piece of legislation, but Sue Smith’s address, lasting almost two hours, allowed the Member for Montgomery to vent strong feelings on the process to end Tasmania’s long-standing forest wars, as she prepares for retirement Mrs Smith says the plan to protect 500,000 hectares from logging and cut wood supply will effectively end all native forest logging on public land, and its enacting legislation is deficient.

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Forest peace deal bill passes hurdle

ABC News, Australia
March 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Government has revealed how it plans to appease Legislative Councillors’ concerns about the forestry peace deal legislation. The Legislative Council has voted to keep the peace deal alive, eight to six. MLCs are now debating whether changes should be made. …The Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Craig Farrell, says the bill could be changed so that no native forest will be protected from logging without the approval of both houses of Parliament, which will receive a report on the durability of the peace deal.

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General

Forestry Tas keeps production forests

ABC News, Australia
March 19, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

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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