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Daily Archives: March 25, 2013

Business & Politics

Domtar buys Xerox U.S. and Canadian paper business

Canadian Press
March 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

North American paper giant Domtar Corp. is acquiring Xerox’s paper and print media products business in Canada and the United States for an undisclosed price. The Montreal-based company said Friday it will add Xerox’s branded papers and specialty products to its own comprehensive offering. Domtar CEO John Williams said the enlarged paper offering will allow the company to better service its customers.

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Lakeland back

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

The sawmill at Lakeland Mills will be rebuilt. Sinclar Group president Greg Stewart made the announcement Wednesday, accompanied by local United Steelworkers Union president and city councillor Frank Everitt and acting mayor Cameron Stolz. “April 23 was the worst day in Lakeland Mills history,” Stewart said. Stewart said he recognizes the incredible strength and humanity shown by the community as well as the families of Alan Little and Glenn Roche who lost their lives in the explosion and fire that destroyed the mill April 23, 2012.

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B.C. forest industry to benefit: minister

Prince George Citizen
March 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

International Trade Minister Ed Fast believes Thursday’s federal budget will help B.C.’s forest industry retool and be more competitive internationally. Fast pointed to the $92 million forest industry transformation fund, which will be spent over the next two years as one way the forest sector benefited from the budget….. “Our B.C. forestry companies can actually use innovation to drive the creation of unique products which are going to carve niche markets all around the world.”

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Interfor deal reached on Kootenay tenures

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


Interfor has reached a deal to buy two timber tenures from Slocan’s Springer Creek Forest Products, subject to regulatory approvals. …Horning cautioned that forward-looking projections hinge on general economic and business conditions and that risks and uncertainties always exist. Used to uncertainties, unionized employees at Springer Creek Forest Products in Slocan agreed to a reduced settlement package early this year that hinged on the deal with Interfor.

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Domtar’s A-line closes Monday

Kamloops Daily News
March 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After months of waiting, Domtar’s A-line pulp machine will shut down at the end of the work day Monday, union and corporate officials have confirmed. By the time the dust completely settles later this spring, the number of layoffs will be the biggest in the Kamloops operation’s history, said Doug Cumming of Local 10B of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union. In the past, downsizing has been achieved through retirements and attrition, he said.

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Stella-Jones Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Annual Results: Twelfth Consecutive Year of Growth in Net Income

Marketwire press release
March 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC– – Stella-Jones Inc. today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2012. “2012 represented another record year for Stella-Jones in terms of sales and net income. It also marked our twelfth consecutive year of growth in net income, driven by constant efforts to further enhance operating efficiency and a methodical execution of our continental expansion strategy.

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Kelso offers to buy Eacom Timber in $182.7 million friendly takeover deal

Canadian Press
March 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Shares of Eacom Timber Corp.shot up in heavy trading Friday after it announced a friendly takeover offer that values the mill operator’s equity at $181.8 million, a 46 per cent premium to its recent market price. Investment firm Kelso & Co. is offering 38 cents cash per share — eight cents above the Thursday closing price before the offer was announced Friday morning.

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Resolute Announces New Board Nominees

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

Resolute Forest Products Inc. announced today that the board of directors had nominated Michel P. Desbiens and Jennifer C. Dolan to stand for election as new board members. Mr. Desbiens and Ms. Dolan will join seven other current members of the board standing for re-election at Resolute’s upcoming annual meeting of stockholders on May 16, 2013.

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US housing and Asian demand pushes lumber prices up 60 per cent since 2011

The Canadian Press
March 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada, United States

North American lumber prices have increased by 60 per cent since late 2011 on an improving U.S. housing market and elevated demand from Asia, an international forestry consulting firm says. Wood Resources International says the random length lumber price index peaked in February while the price of sawlogs in the western United States has continued to increase early in 2013 after ending at a five-year high in 2012.

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Pining no more: Northern Ontario mills seeing resurgence

QMI Agency
March 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

HUDSON, Ont. — Sylvester Kiepek is like a kid in the world’s most dangerous playground. The 65-year-old retired mill worker scampers in and out of the idling machinery of the McKenzie Lumber mill. …About two years ago, when the wooden-bottom dropped out of U.S. home building, they shut the Buchanan sawmill down and sent 200 workers packing. It wasn’t its first stumble. …But now — in what people here see as perhaps a return of the mills — this 60-year-old facility is cutting again.

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Hampton Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Logging Roads

Hampton Affliates
March 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Yesterday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was great news to Hampton and the co-petitioners in the Clean Water Act forest roads case. …“This is an encouraging example of state government and private industry working together to defend a state’s right to manage its lands under scientifically proven methods. Our water quality in Oregon is good and we are working to keep it that way,” said Steve Zika, Hampton’s CEO.

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Forest industry may reap the benefits of skyrocketing timber prices

Saw logs could help create more active forest management
Aspen Business Journal
March 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

While Colorado’s forests continue to suffer from beetle epidemics at high altitude and the hangover from a century’s fire suppression at lower altitude, there’s some good news out there for those who believe in active forest management. Timber prices, which were bottomed out during much of Colorado beetle kill epidemic, are set to skyrocket, and the state’s timber industry may be rising in time to take advantage, industry experts said.

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CN relocates Chicago forest products reload center to Port of Chicago to improve supply chain efficiencies

PR Newswire
March 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CHICAGO, IL, – CN announced today the relocation of its forest products transload operation to North America Stevedoring Company, LLC’s operation at the Port of Chicago to improve supply chain efficiencies for lumber customers. The new transload facility is located roughly 13 miles south of downtown Chicago at 9301 South Kreiter Ave…. The new transload is larger than the one it replaces and features more than 200,000 square feet of indoor storage as well as outdoor space.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

‘Tall wood’ advocate joins Prince George project

Globe and Mail
March 22, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

One of the world’s leading advocates of “tall wood” – a movement that seeks to challenge the dominance of concrete and steel in construction – is part of a team chosen to put up the highest wooden building in North America.  ,,, “I think this building is one of the most important wood buildings in North American history,” architect Michael Green said Friday, shortly after B.C. Jobs Minister Pat Bell announced the selection of the preferred proponent for the $25-million project.

Company chosen to build ‘tallest wood structure i’ in northern BC from the CBC News
WIDC Construction to Start in April from the 250 News

Click here for the press release from BC Government

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WIDC editorial insults Prince George

Letter by Quinton Pinchbeck
Prince George Citizen
March 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Just wanted to show support for Arthur Williams and his suggestion that a Wood Innovation and Design Centre should be built in Vancouver. Why waste taxpayers dollars on anything that has even a small chance of improving Prince George? He should really talk to all the fools who want to waste time and money hosting the Canada Winter Games in a nowhere hole like P.G.

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Forestry

Why we need Urban Forests

CBC Radio
March 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Urban Forest – an oxymoron? Not really. It was a term coined in the 1960’s to refer to tree populations in our city centres. It’s also a field of study and endeavour dedicated to the protection of those trees, and a subject about which Canadians are becoming increasingly passionate and tenacious. …These are all issues familiar to the four guests The Sunday Edition invited to talk on the topic of Urban Forests.

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Tolko provides park as part of getting land removed from forestry licence

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Vernon Morning Star
March 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A chunk of park is being created on the west side of Okanagan Lake.  The Ministry of Forests has approved the removal of 116 hectares of private  land from Tolko Industries’ tree farm licence. Of that 30 hectares is being donated to the Regional District of Centreal Okanagan for park.  “We believe that access to additional parkland will
enhance the quality of life of people in the region  while providing the opportunity to address ongoing road safety concerns of local residents,” said Brad Thorlakson, Tolko president.

Click here for the press release from BC Government

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Logging old-growth trees ‘for short-term profit extremely irresponsible’

By Judith Lavoie
Victoria Times Colonist
March 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

As Torrance Coste stood beside giant stumps in a clearcut in the Upper Walbran Valley, he wondered why anyone would cut down 900-year-old trees. “Unlogged stands and 900-year-old trees are incomparable in terms of their value in sequestering carbon,” said Coste, a campaigner with the Wilderness Committee. “Given what we know about climate change, liquidating the last few stands of old growth for very short-term profit is extremely irresponsible.”

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Q&A: What The Supreme Court Logging Roads Ruling Means

Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 20, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday decided in favor of the timber industry in a case that challenged the regulation of muddy water that flows off logging roads. The case was originally filed in Oregon by an environmental group. It argued roads in state forests were violating the Clean Water Act. Here’s a Q & A to sort out the case and what it means:

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Lopsided legal win for forest owners

The Oregonian
March 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

…Party time, right? Not quite. As important as the decision is for forest owners, some of them are keeping the bubbly on ice until Congress makes the long-standing policy challenged by environmental groups a matter of law. Can you blame them, given the determination of litigants to keep right on litigating and prodding?

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U.S. Forest Service Collaboration Process: Solution or Sham?

Evergreen Foundation
March 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

For those of you who have been following Forest Service land management issues, the term “collaboration” should be familiar. …According to the latest press releases from Forest Service leadership, the collaborative process has been a success and our forests are receiving the much needed fuels reduction and restoration treatments at a significant level. Is this the truth or is it merely the Forest Service putting on a happy face for the public?

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A success story that might slip away

The Idaho Statesman
March 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

At the heart of the debate over federal land transfers to states and the idea of setting up trusts on public lands is the idea of turning a valuable and renewable resource to dollars. That resource is wood. ….Jim Riley, a forester, consultant and lobbyist from Coeur d’Alene, is a strong supporter of putting the state in charge of cutting timber on federal lands.  But he’s also one of the people who created stewardship contracting. Without it, the collaborative programs that have brought loggers and environmentalists together may fail.

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Draft Bill Would Return Forest Land to Western Oregon Tribes

Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

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.

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Idaho organization to pay $10,500 after firefighter killed by falling tree

Associated Press
March 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

LEWISTON, Idaho – Officials from an Idaho firefighting organization reached an agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over citations and fines levied after a 20-year-old firefighter was struck and killed by a falling tree while working on a wildfire last summer. The Orofino-based Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protective Association has agreed to a $10,500 fine, down from the $14,000 fine that OSHA proposed in February for the death of U.S. Forest Service firefighter Anne Veseth of Moscow.

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Timber Group Challenges Spotted Owl Plan

Associated Press
March 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A timber industry group has filed a lawsuit challenging the latest habitat protections for the northern spotted owl, a threatened species. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday against the secretary of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which had no immediate comment. American Forest Resource Council President Tom Partin says wildfire and barred owls pose a bigger threat to spotted owls than the loss of old growth forests to logging.

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In her words: UM School of Forestry has come a long way on women

The Missoulian
March 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It was the 1970s. The School of Forestry had just remodeled the bathrooms to accommodate women. …In those days, it was a big deal to be a woman at the School of Forestry. It was politically charged. The culture hadn’t separated sex and gender, so if a woman wanted to do something nontraditional, she was assumed to be morally loose or worse yet, maybe she didn’t even like men (the “L” word was never mentioned, but we knew what was being said.)

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Logging at Lake Como excellent

Letter by Bill Sweet
The Missoulian
March 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Kudos to Bob Walker and his logging crew for the excellent logging job they’ve been doing at the Lake Como Recreation Area. It’s a remediation job to give trees more spacing and thereby hope to negate more losses to tree-killing beetles.

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W.Va. Division of Forestry Trains New Canine Investigator

WBOY-TV
March 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

One of the most important tools for catching arsonists in our state walks at the end of a leash. The Division of Forestry is training a new canine unit named Raisy. We met her this week in Bridgeport park. Her nose is already in training to fight crime at just 16 weeks old. Forester Tin Casto swabs his hands with gauze, then walks out of sight. Another investigator, Don Kelley, sticks Raisy’s nose into a plastic bag with the gauze and tells her to go to work.

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‘Zero Illegal Deforestation’ Target Set on First World Forests Day

Environment News Service
March 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

On the first International Day of Forests, celebrated Thursday by the United Nations, Jose Graziano da Silva proposed that all countries support a Zero Illegal Deforestation target. As director-general of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, Graziano da Silva linked illegal deforestation and hunger at a ceremony marking the UN’s newest International Day.

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Delay on forestry bill debate

Tasmania Examiner
March 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

DEBATE on key changes to forestry peace legislation, including delaying protection of swathes of reserves for six months, is unlikely to occur until tomorrow.  Elwick MLC Adriana Taylor, whose vote is crucial to the fate of the legislation, has confirmed she supports a controversial amendment to limit the amount of reserves immediately created to 123,000 hectares nominated for inclusion in the World Heritage area in the South-West.

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MLC moves to cut down forest reserves

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

A Tasmanian MP is preparing to drop a bombshell when debate on the forest peace deal resumes next week in the Upper House. 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.

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Forestry industry helping to fuel economic growth

TVNZ
March 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A busy period for the forestry industry is helping push growth in New Zealand’s economy. New GDP figures show the forestry and logging industry is the busiest it has been in more than 13 years, helping drive the fastest economic growth for three years. Forestry exporters say New Zealand’s big logging competitors – Russia, Canada and the US – are cutting back the amount of wood they supply to China giving Kiwi loggers a break in a lucrative market.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

$500-million bioenergy program cut as questions mount

Premier Redford says budget shortfall led to decision
Calgary Herald
March 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON — The discontinuation of a $500-million Alberta bioenergy program has raised questions about its role in furthering the province’s climate change agenda with industry bemoaning its loss and critics calling it a colossal waste of money. …Another component of the program involves producing electricity from wood chips and manure.

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General

Seeing the forest for the trees

The New Glasgow News
March 24, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

STELLARTON – It was a sea of plaid and flannel at the Museum of Industry on Saturday, where nearly 110 people gathered for a Woodlands Conference hosted by the Department of Natural Resources. The conference, whose location circulates and rotates throughout the province, discussed woodland management and protection, along with other related topics such as woodland laws and provincial protected lands.

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