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Daily Archives: March 26, 2013

Business & Politics

Tembec amends and extends maturity of its asset-based secured revolving credit facility

Canada NewsWire (press release)
March 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Tembec announced today that it has agreed to amend and extend its asset-based secured revolving credit facility. The maturity date of the facility was extended by one year and is now set to expire on March 4, 2017. As a result of this amendment, access to the credit facility in accordance with its terms is fully restored.

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Domtar looks for tax break

www.kamloopsnews.ca
March 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Domtar is taking stock of its reduced Kamloops operation to have its taxable property reassessed. With Monday’s shutdown of the A-line, Domtar’s operation is shrinking and so, too, should its tax bill, said spokeswoman Bonnie Skene. She didn’t have an exact amount the company pays in taxes, and the financial staffer with the information was away, but she had heard the figure of $6 million for all taxes at the Kamloops mill, including school and hospital.

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Pulp mill plans to clean up sulphide stench

Hinton Parklander
March 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Odour from Hinton’s pulp mill could be “greatly reduced” by the end of May, says the general manager. The local mill, owned by parent company West Fraser Timber, received an increasing number of complaints and reported a higher measure of sulphurous emissions last year. The air quality reportedly declined as Hinton’s air monitoring station in the valley district measured greater amounts of Total Reduced Sulphur — airborne chemicals that produce the rotten egg smell — in 2012 compared to years previous.

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Tembec to sell its NBSK pulp mill in Skookumchuck, British Columbia

Canada Newswire press release
March 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

MONTREAL – Tembec Inc. announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its NBSK pulp mill and related assets and liabilities located in Skookumchuck, British Columbia to Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corporation (“Paper Excellence”) for a purchase price of $89 million, which includes working capital. Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the second calendar quarter of 2013 and remains subject to certain conditions and regulatory approvals.

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Resolute Forest Products Issues 2012 Annual Report Including Overview of 2012 Sustainability Performance

Canada Newswire press release
March 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products today issued its 2012 Annual Report, which includes an overview of the Company’s 2012 sustainability performance. While Resolute will continue to produce its Annual Sustainability Report using Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, the Company is now also integrating sustainability performance information into its annual financial disclosure. “Resolute recognizes that focusing on sustainability is good business.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood building RFP winner donated to BC Liberal Party

TheTyee.ca
March 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The company that won the provincial government contract to build the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George happens to have been a generous donor to the BC Liberal Party. PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. has donated $110,989 to the BC Liberals since 2005, according to Elections BC’s database. The related PCL Constructors Inc. also gave $12,500 to the BC Liberals, the bulk of it in 2011. On March 22 the B.C. government announced that PCL had beat two other companies in a request for proposals process (RFP) to build the $25 million building intended to showcase B.C. wood and expertise.

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Minister says he did no wrong in PG bid

Alberni Valley Times
March 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Pat Bell said his leaving politics has nothing to do with accusations made against him in the bid process for the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George. …The controversy linking Bell, the MLA for that area, to the project came about when one of the businessmen involved alleged that Bell made promises he did not keep concerning the bid process. “It’s not a scandal because I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said. “It is just allegations. There’s no substance or proof.”

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McLaren makes damage claim

Prince George Citizen
March 26, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Commonwealth Campus Corp. president Dan McLaren filed an affadavit on Monday in support of taking to trial foreclosure proceedings Northern Development Initiative Trust launched in November against the company over the loan it issued to assemble downtown land for redevelopment. While NDIT is seeking repayment of $1.45 million, McLaren says Commonwealth has suffered damages conservatively estimated at $500,000 due to the way NDIT handled the matter, related to assembling land for the Wood Innovation Development Centre.

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Wood products still a best fit for Missoula

James Grunke, CEO of Missoula Economic Partnership
The Missoulian
March 24, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

In recent years, a perception has spread throughout western Montana that the wood products industry, long a pillar of our region’s economy, is in permanent decline. No doubt, there have been reasons for pessimism. …So it surprises some to learn that wood products and renewables count among the industry sectors that we at Missoula Economic Partnership have identified as “best fit” for Missoula County’s economic growth and future stability.

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‘Backlash’ bill against LEED green-building certification program moving in House

The Florida Current
March 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A bill that supporters describe as representing a backlash against an environmentally sustainable building certification program is moving through the House. …This year, HB 269 by Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, states that agencies should decide on a project-by-project basis which certification standards are used. Such standards include those for sustainable building materials. Beshears said Florida’s timber is as good as the wood that receives credit under the certification program but he notes that of the 16 million acres of forest in Florida, only 200 are certified under LEED.

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EUTR leads to major shift in UK sawn hardwood market

IHB
March 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The TTJ’s latest report on the UK market for sawn hardwood focuses heavily on the repercussions of the EUTR which is already driving major changes to the procurement practices of importers. Importers are reducing the number of suppliers, sifting out those that can’t or won’t supply the information necessary to demonstrate negligible risk of illegal supply. Ivory Coast is mentioned as a particular concern due to the uncertain political situation, lack of certified supply and non-existence of a FLEGT VPA process in the country.

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Forestry

Public has a chance to give input on forestry planning

Hinton Parklander
March 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hinton Wood Products is gathering the public’s input this week as it drafts forestry plans for submission to the provincial government. The local lumber company is hosting an information session this Thursday at the Parks West Mall, from 3 to 8 p.m. As a division of West Fraser Mills, HWP covers an area of nearly 1 million hectares around Hinton. On March 28 locals can get a close look at the target areas for cutting over the next five years.

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Community forests approach considered

Province seeking local harvest approach
Nova News Now
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The province announced in December that it wants to establish a network of community forest agreements that will give local communities more control over the forests under management. The province is asking for ideas that will create economic activity and meet social needs. …Some of the crown land in western Nova Scotia will be used for community forests. It is similar to the buy-local movement in agriculture, only applied to forestry management.

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Clear-cutting moratorium gets axed

Chatham Daily News
March 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Believing it was the wrong way to go, Chatham-Kent council rejected a request for a temporary bylaw and six-month moratorium on clear-cutting. But it was close, falling in an 8-9 vote in front of a packed house on Monday night, with some dejected woodlot supporters jeering as they left the chambers. North Kent Coun. Joe Faas said the debate pitted neighbour against neighbour and ultimately “left a bad taste” in everyone’s mouth. “I think there should have been more homework done,” he said, noting that most farmers believe in environmental stewardship.

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Decreased water flow may be trade-off for more productive forest

Science Codex
March 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Bubbling brooks and streams are a scenic and much loved feature of forest ecosystems, but long-term data at the U.S. Forest Service’s Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest suggests that more productive forests might carry considerably less water, according to a study published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Colorado State Forest Service names new director

Associated Press
March 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Colorado State Forest Service has a new director. Colorado State University says CSU alumnus Mike Lester will fill the post July 1 — replacing Deputy State Forester Joe Duda, who has been the interim state forester since March 2012. The previous state forester, Jeff Jahnke, retired last year after seven years with the agency

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Logging and fire suppression follow the same path for forest management

By Karen Coulter, director of Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project
The Oregonian
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The notion that escalated logging equals forest restoration is analogous to the Orwellian slogan “War is Peace.” Usually the cause of a problem is not the solution. There is science supporting the thinning of small trees in dry, Ponderosa pine-dominant, already logged and fire-suppressed forest. However the U.S. Forest Service, the timber industry and some larger environmental organizations are now using the public’s fear of fire to justify another indiscriminate binge of mismanagement.

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Judge upholds roadless protections on US forests

Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A court in Washington, D.C., has rejected the last legal challenge to prohibitions on logging and road building in backcountry roadless areas, ending more than 12 years of fighting over one of the nation’s signature wilderness protection policies. The state of Alaska had challenged the rule adopted in 2001 by President Clinton to preserve the last large tracts of untouched forest in states including Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and Alaska — along with about 1.7 million acres in California — that still have not been opened to logging and other development.

State loses challenge to national forest roadless policy from the Anchorage Daily News
in brief: Judge upholds forest protections from the The Spokesman-Review
Federal judge rejects Alaska challenge to national forest roadless rule, exemptions for Tongass

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Forest Service to modify appeals process for citizens to challenge agency decisions

The Associated Press
March 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changes to the process people use to challenge timber sales and other agency decisions. New guidelines expected to be unveiled later this week would require anyone interested in challenging agency actions to fully take part in the public review process and file formal objections before agency administrators make final policy decisions, according to a story published Monday in the Lewiston Tribune. The modified objection procedure is designed to make agency officials aware of potential problems earlier.

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Forester’s Ball: It’s about the scholarships

by Elizabeth Marshall
The Missoulian
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As the mother of a student who worked very, very hard at the Forester’s Ball, I want to highlight the contradiction between the activities that have cast a shadow over the ball recently and the purpose of the event. Forestry students and alum work for months to prep, and long days to build a fabulous environment for a night out. There’s music at night and fun, interactive events for the community during the day. The reason for all this hard work all these 96 years is to raise money for scholarships – which is as high-minded a purpose as there can be.

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Mississippi Endorses Inclusive Approach to Forest Certification

Joins Georgia, Maine, and Oregon in Ensuring Green Buildings Are Good for Forests
PR Newswire (press release)
March 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed legislation Wednesday specifying that rating systems used in green building projects funded by the state government “shall not exclude certificate credits for forest products certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council or the American Tree Farm System.” The new law positively positions Mississippi wood products in green building projects while providing a market incentive for landowners to adopt or maintain sustainable forest practices.

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Government to plant 250000 trees to beat ash dieback

BBC News
March 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The government is to plant a quarter of a million ash trees in an attempt to find strains that are resistant to the fungus responsible for ash dieback. The £1.5m project is part of the long term management plan, unveiled by the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson. Funding will also be made available to woodland owners to help them remove infected ash saplings. The National Trust said it was too late to eradicate the disease, but the government plan could buy time.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Leaked letters raise concerns over B.C. auditor’s carbon neutrality report

Canadian Press
March 26, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A set of leaked letters is undermining the credibility of a report to be released Tuesday by British Columbia’s auditor-general over the provincial government’s carbon neutral experiment. Environmental, legal and industry experts have roundly criticized John Doyle’s upcoming report as “useless,” and an attempt to “wilfully misinterpret and misconstrue” the facts about the environmental tax plan.  …But the letter further states Doyle’s office has to date been unable to
give the Darkwoods project a fair hearing when it comes to measuring
carbon surpluses.

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