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Business & Politics

Canada & U.S. “Top 20” lumber producers’ report indicates renewed industry optimism

March 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The latest WOOD MARKETS annual survey of the “top 20” Canadian and U.S. softwood lumber producers shows an uneven trend across North America for 2012: U.S. softwood lumber production increased 6.3% to 28.5 billion bf, whereas Canadian production increased only 0.4% to 22.6 billion bf. Rapidly increasing demand outpaced mill output in 2012, while blockbuster corporate acquisitions and catastrophic mill fires further altered the production landscape.

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FPAC appreciates budget help for innovation, market expansion and skills training

PR Newswire
March 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) welcomes the additional support for innovation and market development unveiled in today’s budget and also applauds the government’s focus on skills training. The “Jobs, Growth and Prosperity” budget from the Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty , includes an additional $92 million over two years to support innovation and expanding markets. “We applaud the government for its continuing support for the forest products sector even at a time when tough measures are needed to reduce the deficit.” says the President and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay . “This is a strategic future-oriented decision that demonstrates ongoing commitment to the transformation of the industry.”

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Lumber markets improved sharply in the US during 2012

Lumber markets improved sharply in the US during 2012 and early 2013; production was up eight percent and prices have increased over 60 percent since late 2011, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly
Press Release: Wood Resources International
March 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The lumber market in the US really took off in late 2012 and early 2013. Lumber prices in February were more than 60 percent higher than in late 2011. Increased lumber production has put upward pressure on sawlog prices and in the US Northwest, Douglasfir sawlog prices reached a five-year high in the 4Q/12, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. Seattle, USA. Lumber production in the US and Canada improved during 2012, with total output in 2012 being eight percent and five percent higher, respectively, than in 2011, according to WWPA. Sawmills in the Western region have been more fortunate than mills in other regions in North America since they have been able to ship lumber both to markets in the US and to Asia.

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Judge approves Ernst &Young settlement for Sino-Forest shareholders

Financial Post
March 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

An Ontario judge has approved Ernst & Young LLP’s $117-million settlement of a shareholder class-action lawsuit tied to the collapse of Sino-Forest Corp. The settlement was reached late last year, but was opposed by a group of institutional shareholders that wanted the option of opting out of the settlement and filing suit against the auditor on their own. They argued that the settlement should not fall within Sino’s court-ordered restructuring process.

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Canadian timber groups are investing in enlarging capacity again

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
March 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The unexpectedly brisk recovery in the US building industry and increasing exports of softwood lumber to China and Japan are currently putting many Canadian and US timber groups in an optimistic frame of mind. Producers are working from the assumption that the upward trend already observed in softwood lumber sales, production, and prices for a number of months now is going to continue this year.

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Canada & U.S. “Top 20” lumber producers’ report indicates renewed industry optimism

March 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The latest WOOD MARKETS annual survey of the “top 20” Canadian and U.S. softwood lumber producers shows an uneven trend across North America for 2012: U.S. softwood lumber production increased 6.3% to 28.5 billion bf, whereas Canadian production increased only 0.4% to 22.6 billion bf. Rapidly increasing demand outpaced mill output in 2012, while blockbuster corporate acquisitions and catastrophic mill fires further altered the production landscape.

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Forestry support

Prince George Citizen
March 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The announcement Wednesday that the Sinclar Group will rebuild its Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George is not just good news for the city but for the entire province. Combined with the news that Hampton Affiliates will also rebuild its Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake, the private sector confidence in the future long-term health of the provincial forest industry is obvious. Both new mills will be smaller operations that will employ fewer workers but that should not be seen in a negative light.

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Campbell River firm’s innovation highlights forestry comeback

Campbell River Mirror
March 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Coming out of a lengthy economic recession, it was good to see a full boardroom at T-Mar Industries. That’s what Tyson Lambert thought as he snapped a picture of staff, politicians, government public relations, and media who crammed into the room Wednesday morning… When forestry was good, T-Mar boomed – fixing, customizing and innovating large equipment for the coastal forest industry. In recent years though, with the downturn in forestry, the company relied on the few repairs that came its way. But no longer, the price of lumber is on the rise, pointed out Jobs and Labour Minister Pat Bell, and forestry operations are ramping up as the demand grows.

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Lakeland Mill in Prince George to be rebuilt, firm says

Sinclair Group Forest Products says mill will have advanced safety features
Canadian Press
March 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A sawmill destroyed by a deadly blast in Prince George, B.C., last year will be rebuilt. The Sinclar Group Forest Products company says final design plans haven’t been completed, but it intends to rebuilt the Lakeland Mill, with construction expected to begin this spring. Sinclar President Greg Stewart says he can’t give details of the size and capacity of the plant yet, but he wanted to let the community know the company is going ahead with the project, which should be complete by the summer of next year.

BC Sawmills Rebuilds after ComDust Explosion from Woodworking Network
Lakeland sawmill to be rebuilt in Prince George from CBC News
Lakeland Mills will rebuild sawmill from HQ Prince George
Lakeland Re-Building from 250 News
Sawmill rebirth set for 2014 from the Prince George Citizen
It’s good for Prince George from the Prince George Citizen

Click here for press release from Lakeland Mills

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RBC expects N.S. to rebound this year

Province has seen project delays, poor international exports, retail sales
Chronicle Herald
March 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

This is a year of recovery for Nova Scotia and the year Newfoundland and Labrador will shine, according to the 2013 provincial outlook by RBC Economics released Tuesday. …“While we were expecting a pullback on forestry and energy, the weakness in exports in Nova Scotia really surprised on the downside,” Cooper said in an interview Tuesday. “But pressures on the forestry and energy industries in Nova Scotia are expected to ease in 2013 and (exports) are expected to rebound this year, after substantial declines in 2012.”

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Alward unveils export strategy

Growing Global Markets strategy aims to get 175 companies selling overseas within 5 years
CBC News
March 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The New Brunswick government is looking abroad to generate revenue and create jobs in the province. Premier David Alward announced in Dieppe on Wednesday a new export strategy, designed to get more New Brunswick businesses to export their goods. …That will create more than 4,000 jobs in existing export sectors, such as seafood and forestry products, as well as new export areas, such as information technology and biotechnology, he said.

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Bob Rae Addresses Forestry Sector

CKDR.net
March 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Federal Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae says there’s still major challenges facing the forest sector. Speaking in Dryden, Rae stressed new opportunities are available in the industry and the government must do more to foster potential growth Rae says the Feds have cut back on forestry research and notes more attention must be put on new products and product development.

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US Wood Furniture Sales To Rise, Tight Lumber Supply

woodworkingnetwork.com
March 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The next few quarters will bring better business and higher lumber prices, but cost containment will present challenges for the forest products industry. Profitability will remain elusive for sawmills as log supplies stay tight and prices continue to bid higher. Plus, challenges posed by implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) vexes some business owners, who say until its full impacts and implications become available, they will keep hiring and expansion plans on ice.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Nanotechnology in the pulp and paper industry

Nanowerk LLC
March 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

During the past few decades, nanotechnology has had tremendous advances in several areas of research and development. Every week we are witnesses to hundreds of articles and scientific publications reporting new pathways for nanoparticle/nanofiber production, modification and use in modern and high-tech applications. In this respect, the pulp and paper industry has not been absent of this development, which has motivated massive research about nanocellulose.

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Study: Clear Environmental Benefits from Using Recycled Paper in National Geographic, Other Magazines

Green America
March 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, DC — Using recovered fiber in place of virgin fiber for magazine paper has a benefit in 14 of 14 environmental impact categories studied, according to a life-cycle assessment (LCA) issued today by ENVIRON International Corporation . The study debunks any myths promoted by magazine and paper industries that question the environmental benefits of using recycled fiber in publication-grade paper.

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How The Federal Government Does Green Building

Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 20, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

… The high-rise housed more than 1,200 federal employees before the renovation – the IRS, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and many other agencies have offices there. They all had to move out during construction, and when they move back their building will have a rainwater collection system, solar panels on the roof and those distinctive vertical bars alongside the windows – designed to block solar heat and save energy in the summer (not to imprison the people inside).

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Is It Time For Tall Wood?

EarthTechling
March 22, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, Canada, Canada West

At the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, a trippy entry called Big Wood made waves and earned an Honorable Mention. (Actually, this was among the tamest of the winning designs. Various others were designed for the North Pole, for the stratosphere, and for Mars.) Back on Earth, within the same month an architect’s TED Talk called engineered wood the sustainable big-building material of the future.

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Forestry

From Greenpeace to mining

Eco-activist Patrick Moore on how environmentalism lost its way
Resource Clips
March 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

What does it signify when Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore joins the board of a mineral exploration company—the final break with his former principles? Or the continuation of “sensible environmentalism,” a lifelong vocation that eventually severed him from mainstream activists? Moore discussed his background, beliefs and work with ResourceClips on March 19, the day Astur Gold  announced his appointment as an independent director.

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Province’s species-at-risk draft plan faces criticism

Larry Pynn – Groups say document ‘hollow’
Vancouver Sun
March 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government released a draft species-at-risk plan Tuesday that was immediately dismissed by environmentalists as an empty pre-election gesture that offers little for conservation. The draft plan emphasizes that any efforts to save species at risk must “take into consideration social and economic interests.” T.. …Gwen Barlee of the Wilderness Committee said the draft plan “comes off as a glossy PR piece” lacking in specifics on funding, enforcement, or a clear plan for recovery.

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Bridging the gap between the forest and the trees

Chronicle Herald
March 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

POMQUET — The Nova Scotia forestry community is large and small. And it’s divided into two opposing camps. On one barricade are the champions of the Acadian forest, campaigning for a management regime that prods more of the province’s woodland back toward the uneven-aged old-growth stands that existed before European settlers arrived. On the other barricade are the varied voices of industrial forestry, all of whom are trying to keep jobs in rural Nova Scotia despite an industry with ever-shrinking margins.

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Forest Service Chief Tidwell Delivers Pinchot Distinguished Lecture

USDA Blog
March 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

More than 108 years have passed since Gifford Pinchot became chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Yet today, with Tom Tidwell filling that role in a very different era, some of the same issues persist, along with others Pinchot might not have imagined. “We’re fortunate that we have an organization that can handle complex issues, like our Research and Development branch of the Forest Service (efforts) to sustain private and international Forest systems,” said Tidwell.

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Tax Guide Updated for Forest Landowners

USDA Blog
March 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The updated Forest Landowners’ Guide to the Federal Income Tax is now available online and includes updated information on Federal income tax as it pertains to timber and forest land planning. “The main purpose of this guide is to foster good management of family-owned forest land by providing an explanation of provisions and incentives related to forest ownership and management under Federal income tax law,” says Emeritus Research Forester John Greene.

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Timber industry celebrates Supreme Court decision on logging roads (update)

The Oregonian
March 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Kristina McNitt, president of the Oregon Forest Industries Council, said the Supreme Court showed deference to EPA and to Oregon’s 1971 Forest Practices Act, which includes logging-road rules. “We’re feeling pretty good that the court basically agreed with the EPA and agreed with us,” McNitt said. “Congress intended for the states to establish these practices.”

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US top court rules for timber industry over road runoff

Reuters
March 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday endorsed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s long-standing decision not to require Clean Water Act permitting for stormwater that runs off logging roads. Pat Sirois, coordinator of the Sustainable Forest Initiative in Maine, said the decision was good news for Maine’s forestry industry. … “At any one time, there can be 100 repair or maintenance operations going on. If we had to seek a permit for every culvert or stream crossing, operations would grind to a halt.”

Supreme Court throws sides with timber industry in runoff dispute, dealing blow to environmentalists from Fox News

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Environmentalists to continue challenge of logging roads

Associated Press
March 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A conservation group said Wednesday it will keep pushing federal authorities to more closely regulate muddy logging roads, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday that sided with the timber industry on the issue. Activists believe the ruling left room to press the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate runoff from the roads through specific permits, rather than broad recommendations, said Paul Kampmeier, a lawyer representing the Northwest Environmental Defense Center.

Supreme Court decision won’t end battle over logging road pollution, activists vow from The Oregonian

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Forest Service Recognizes United Nations’ National Day of Forests

USDA Blog
March 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, International

… Trees are important for everyone around the world, and now the U.N. has designated every March 21 as the International Day of Forests. The U.S. Forest Service has a long history of knowledge sharing with international partners and applauds the U.N. for showcasing the role of forests in the health of our diverse and interconnected global ecosystems. “International Day of Forests will help raise awareness of the contributions of forests,” said Harris Sherman, USDA Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment. “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today and the environmental stressors from our changing climate do not stop at international borders.”

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Dawson Forest Resources Management Plan

Government of Yukon
March 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This strategic plan is intended to guide forest resource management through the integration of different community values in the Dawson region and and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Traditional Territory. The Dawson Forest Resources Management Plan was prepared by the Dawson Forest Management Planning Team, which included representatives of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, the Dawson District Renewable Resources Council, the Government of Yukon, and the regional forest industry. The plan was formally accepted by the Government of Yukon and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in on March 20, 2013.

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Giant Sequoias Face Looming Threat from Shifting Climate

Yale Environment 360
March 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Few living things seem as permanent as the giant sequoia trees of California’s Sierra Nevada. . …Nate Stephenson, a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), based near Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, says that if climate warming continues as projected, tens of thousands of these ancient trees will be at risk in the coming century from destruction by either drought or climate-induced pathogens.

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International Day of Forests and the Tree, 21 March

Vereinte Nationen (UNO)
March 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.

Click here for the FAO International Day of Forests Website
Click here for the UN International Day of Forests Website

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

UVic mulls building biomass energy plant

Saanich News
March 20, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

As a way to reduce its carbon footprint, the University of Victoria is considering building a biomass thermal energy plant to heat its buildings. “Biomass fuel, such as wood waste, or a combination of wood waste, yard and garden waste, is clean. It doesn’t create greenhouse gas because it’s a renewable resource,” said Tom Smith, UVic’s director of facilities. “It’s burning something different than natural gas that comes from the ground to create hot water.”

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New Plan Calls for Wood Chips to Fuel Public Buildings

Design Build Source
March 20, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

An Eastern Canada-based company is looking to boost its current operations while both clearing trees from forests and helping those forests to thrive. PEI Bioheat, operating under the umbrella of Atlantic BioHeat, is proposing to use wood chips harvested through the thinning of Prince Edward Island forests to provide a natural fuel source for a total of 32 publicly-owned sites, including government buildings. Some of PEI’s forests are currently overly dense, making it difficult for trees to thrive.

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General

MLC moves to cut down forest reserves

A Tasmanian MP is preparing to drop a bombshell when debate on the forest peace deal resumes next week in the Upper House.
ABC Online
March 22, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Anti-peace deal MLC Paul Harriss wants to more than halve the first section of forest to be reserved from logging. Almost 70 changes to the forest peace deal bill are up for debate, about 40 are from the Government, most aimed at addressing the concerns of MLCs. The most contentious are yet to be dealt with, including forest reservations and future wood supply for the timber industry. Under the peace deal’s enacting legislation, 395,000 hectares would initially be protected.


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Draft Bill Would Return Forest Land to Western Oregon Tribes

OPB
March 25, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Two Western Oregon tribes are a step closer to regaining some of the land they lost 150 years ago. U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have drafted a bill that would return about 30,000 acres of forest to tribes living near Roseburg and Coos Bay. For the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, this story begins in 1855 when they signed a treaty giving up more than a million acres of land in exchange for a reservation and other promises. A wagon carried the treaty back to Washington D.C, but then the federal government misplaced it (the treaty was rediscovered again in 1916) and the tribes never received the reservation.

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