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Daily Archives: March 22, 2013

Business & Politics

Federal Budget Reinforces Canada’s Forestry Innovation Opportunity

FPInnovations
Canada NewsWire
March 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL, – The 2013-14 federal budget today reinforces the nation’s forestry innovation opportunity says FPInnovations, Canada’s forest sector R&D and innovation institute. This government’s continued support of forestry innovation and market development programs is recognition that the forest sector remains a key growth area for the Canadian economy. “The 2013-14 budget recognizes that forestry R&D remains a vital engine of growth for the future”, stated Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations.

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Campbell River firm’s innovation highlights forestry comeback

Campbell River Mirror
March 21, 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. . …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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Tolko mill in recruit mode

Vernon Morning Star
March 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Vernon company is looking at attracting more than 120 families to northern Alberta. Tolko Industries is busy preparing to restart its Athabasca oriented strand board mill in Slave Lake during the first quarter of 2014. Information sessions will be held in High Prairie and Slave Lake at the end of March and in Edmonton in April to showcase employment opportunities.

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Miner to float forest firm’s boat

Prince George Citizen
March 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two major resource companies from different industries are now working together in northern B.C. Forestry giant Canadian Forest Products (Canfor) and upstart coal player Cardero Resource Corp. have signed a deal on two key parts of Cardero’s hopes for a coal mine near Hudson’s Hope. The agreement grants access to Canfor’s large boat, the MV Williston Transporter. Normally used for moving trees for Canfor’s milling purposes in the Williston Lake region, it is now also available for Cardero’s purposes moving metallurgic coal.

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Lumber markets improved sharply in the US during 2012

Wood Resources International
Scoop.co.nz
March 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

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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Georgia-Pacific $400 Million Lumber, Plywood Investment

Woodworking Network
March 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

ATLANTA – With lumber and plywood demand up for housing construction remodeling, Georgia-Pacific will announce a $400 million mill expansion. Georgia-Pacific will grow lumber and plywood capacity 20 percent as demand spikes and prices rise, says the Wall St. Journal. “Demand has gotten ahead of supply,” Mark Luetters, executive VP G-P’s building products division told the paper.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Domtar rewrites rules for paper and pulp production

GreenBiz.com (blog)
March 22, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

With more than $6.5 billion in annual revenue, Domtar is a huge force in the commercial paper industry, making everything from office paper to adult incontinence supplies. Its commitment to sourcing and harvesting timber responsibly stretches back more than 10 years, when it started using the Forest Stewardship Council guidelines. The company’s EarthChoice brand is one expression of that strategy.

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Firm digs in for legal battle against NDIT

Prince George Citizen
March 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Commonwealth Campus Corp. plans to put up a fight against foreclosure proceedings Northern Development Initiative Trust has launched over the loan provided for assembling a block of downtown land. In a response to NDIT’s petition, filed Tuesday at the Prince George courthouse, Commonwealth contends there is a “bona fide triable issue” as to whether the mortgage and security agreement are valid and, alternately whether the loan is in default in light of alleged “breaches of duties, contractual, fiduciary and otherwise,” by NDIT.

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Forestry

B.C. celebrates Day of Forests with seven-billionth tree

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
March 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

MAPLE RIDGE – To commemorate the International Day of Forests, B.C. has planted its seven-billionth tree at the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today. The seven-billionth tree, a western white pine, marks a major milestone for reforestation in the province. The province has sown 241 million seeds for planting in 2013. British Columbia uses a mix of over 20 different native tree species, which helps ensure adaptable, resilient and diverse habitats.

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CILA supports delay in implementing forest tenure rules

HQ Prince George
March 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The delay by the province in changing the awarding of forest-based tenure from a volume based system to area based is a good move. This according to the Executive Director of the Central Interior Logging Association. MaryAnne Arcand says the province was trying to move too fast without enough time to discuss and consider the changes.

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Vedder Mountain eyed for forest designation

Chilliwack Progress
March 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A plan is underway to transform most of Vedder Mountain into an interpretive forest site, which local residents welcome as the only viable, long-term solution to illegal dumping on the mountain. The province’s recreation management branch is holding the first open house next Wednesday night in Yarrow to tease out concerns about the project. About 90 per cent of Vedder Mountain is crown land.

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Forest protected until 2017

Parksville Qualicum News
March 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Although a portion of land containing a globally imperiled ecosystem in Nanoose Bay has been logged, the remainder of the parcel will be protected, at least until 2017. “The rest of DL33 is saved, plus another 600 hectares, so it’s actually some good news finally in the forest,” said Kathy McMaster, who lives near the land and was involved in a lengthy battle to try and prevent it from being cut. District Lot 33 (DL33) is a 65-hectare piece of Crown land containing endangered Coastal Douglas Fir (CDF) forest of which there is only about 0.3 per cent remaining in B.C.

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Public invited to woodland conference Saturday

Atlantic Farm Focus
March 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

On Saturday (March 23) the public is invited to participate in a woodland conference at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton (Nova Scotia). Those interested in learning about future woodland management and protection, along with other related topics, can pre-register to win an iPod and enjoy several expert speakers during the day-long event.

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Georgia-Pacific Responds To Supreme Court Decision In Forest Roads Case

Georgia-Pacific
Marketwire press release
March 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — . …”The court’s ruling is a significant victory for the 2.5 million people and thousands of local economies that depend on forest products for their livelihood,” said Mike Adams , Georgia-Pacific senior vice president of sourcing and fiber supply. “Today’s decision helps protect jobs and ensures that regulating forest roads through state forestry best management practices continues as the most environmentally responsible way to oversee management of the nation’s forest roads.

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Innovative i-Tree Spreads Worldwide

USDA Blog
March 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

When Dave Nowak of the U.S. Forest Service and Scott Maco of Davey Tree Expert Company began collaborating on the creation of a suite of urban forest analysis tools called i-Tree, they imagined that users would be mostly city foresters from the United States. Inspired by users from 105 countries, the latest version, 5.0, is upgraded to rapidly assess urban trees and forests throughout Canada and Australia, two of the countries leading the free software’s international expansion. One of the major updates is the addition of a new web form that allows the use of smartphones and tablets.

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No state dates for forestry probe

ABC News, Australia
March 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Australian Greens leader says an inquiry into Tasmania’s forest industry exit packages will not come to the state. A Senate committee will investigate the Federal Government’s $45 million assistance scheme, after a damning report from the National Audit Office. The report found some contractors received assistance even though they didn’t meet eligibility criteria and the scheme lacked transparency.

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Forestry peace deal funding safe: Crean

ABC News, Australia
March 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sacked Regional Development Minister Simon Crean insists Tasmania’s forest peace deal funding is safe despite his departure from cabinet. Prime Minister Julia Gillard sacked Mr Crean yesterday after he called for a leadership spill.  …”The foundation is there, the money that I’m talking about is available but conditional upon the passage of the package is in the budget, it can’t be taken away so no government or no minister that follows me can take it away.”

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MLCs warned not to be ‘tricky’ with peace deal

ABC News, Australia
March 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government is warning Legislative Councillors are at risk of killing off the forest peace deal’s enabling legislation. Anti-peace deal MLC Paul Harriss wants to more than halve the initial section of forests to be reserved from logging. It is understood he has the numbers to make it happen, when debate in the Upper House resumes next week. The Deputy Premier Bryan Green has warned MLCs not to be “cute or tricky”.

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General

Is It Time For Tall Wood?

Earth Techling
March 21, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

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

Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
March 21, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

OTTAWA – 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…. . “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.

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