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Daily Archives: March 28, 2013

Opinion / Editorial

Change is Inevitable (except perhaps from a vending machine)

by Kelly McCloskey RPF, MBA
Wood N Frog Communications
March 26, 2013
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: Canada, Canada West

When the Tree Frog News was re-launched as a free on-line service with opinion editorials, I agreed to cover some of the major change-stories of the year. So when thinking of where to start, the end of the longest and toughest recession in recent history came to mind. Lumber and panel prices are up 50% from a year ago and 100% from when the US housing market crashed in 2009. Another key story is that after six years of paying export charges of 10% to 15%, Canadian producers are shipping tax free to the US and will likely continue to so for the balance of the year. Further, we have peace at the border until at least 2015, thanks to a two year extension of the SLA agreement. However, the change-story I chose to call attention to is more of a personal story; the resignation of John Allan as COFI President and …

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Business & Politics

The Newark Group Announces all Newark Paperboard Mills Granted Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Certification

Financial Post
March 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The Newark Group, a leader in the collection of recovered fibers and the manufacturing and converting of 100% recycled paperboard in the U.S. and Canada, today announced that SCS Global Services, an independent auditor, has completed its audit on all six Newark Paperboard Mills. The mills are now FSC chain-of-custody certified. …The FSC Chain-of Custody process ensures the consumer that the FSC-certified products they purchase are coming from responsibility managed sources.

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Terrace business files industrial lawsuit

Terrace Standard
March 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

ONE OF the local companies that’s done work at a multi-million dollar industrial project southwest of Terrace has filed a lawsuit saying it’s owed more than $100,000. Main Logging filed the suit March 14, stating Dowland Contracting Ltd., which had been hired by the owner of the Dasque-Middle run-of-river hydroelectric project to be its primary contractor, hasn’t paid it $110,752 for work done at the site.

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New Interfor tenures mean long term investment

Arrow Lakes News
March 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Last week Interfor reached a deal to buy two timber tenures from Slocan’s Springer Creek Forest Products, subject to regulatory approvals by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations… “Springer Creek is a big deal for us,” said Geoff Bekker, Castlegar Division’s Woodlands Manager for Interfor. “It’ll give us more logs for Castlegar – not that we’re going to run that many more logs through. It just gives us a secure tenure base, that’s really what it’s about.” Bekker says the acquisition shows that Interfor is investing in the long term.

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Price of B.C. lumber going up (with video)

Global BC News
March 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lumber market growth to continue this year from HQ Prince GeorgeThe price of lumber in the last few months is going up in B.C. The average price of lumber, measured in a thousand board feet, is now over $400 U.S. And the experts say it could go to 600 dollars, which is a third higher than it’s ever been. It has a lot to do with this Interfor sawmill in North Delta. Today, they’re producing 4x4s for the housing market in Japan. In fact, this mill produces almost solely for the Asian market – Japan, China and the Phillipines. The experts say it’s almost a perfect storm. .

Lumber market growth to continue this year from HQ Prince George

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Contractors call foul at local log yard

Terrace Standard
March 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Piles of logs destined for export are laying stagnant in a recently-reopened log sort yard while the company that owns the logs sorts out a dispute with one of its contractors. The contractor, Bryco Enterprises, blocked the entrances to the Yaorun Wood yard with heavy equipment last week to prevent Yaorun from moving any wood until the dispute was settled. Yaorun leased the property from the city in Feburary for 10 years. It once served as the log yard for Skeena Cellulose.

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Lack of rail cars hits forestry firms’ sales

The Globe and Mail
March 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

… The Ontario Forest Industries Association and its Quebec counterpart say shipping delays resulting from a lack of rail cars being provided by major rail carriers are seriously hurting sales and share of market. …Unfortunately, we believe that Canadian Class 1 railroads have clearly underestimated both the magnitude of the recovery and the number of rail cars needed to ensure that Ontario products make it to market,” OFIA chief executive officer Jamie Lim said in a news release Wednesday.

Ontario Experiencing Delays in Shipping Forest Products to United States from Algoma News

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Oregon Representative Proposes Tax Measure To Discourage Log Exports

Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

An Oregon state representative has introduced a bill in an effort to curb raw sawlog exports. The House Revenue Committee debated the bill today. Last year about 18 percent of the trees harvested in the Northwest were shipped as raw logs to mills in Asia. Eugene Democrat Paul Holvey says he drafted HB 2555 out of concern that those export sales are making it harder for Oregon sawmills to stay in business. “I see these big barges going out of our ports with hundreds of thousands of board feet of raw logs. And I think to myself, those look like jobs going out.”

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Domtar sells Port Edwards mill to Ohio-based holding company

Wausau Daily Herald
March 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The new owner of the former Domtar Port Edwards paper mill property will work with village officials to identify potential uses for the site, a company spokeswoman said. DMI Acquisitions of Columbus, Ohio, the real estate arm of DMI Metals Inc., also will seek tenants to fill the 192-acre site along the Wisconsin River, said Michelle Moore, a spokeswoman for DMI Acquisitions.

Domtar announces sale of Port Edwards mill from WAOW.com

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Bell told developer to secure Prince George city block for wooden office tower affidavit says

Globe and Mail
March 27, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. Jobs Minister Pat Bell told a Prince George developer to secure lands in the city’s downtown for use as the site of a government-funded wooden office tower, according to a sworn affidavit filed this week in B.C. Supreme Court. The affidavit was filed as part of foreclosure proceedings brought against Commonwealth Campus Corporation, a company controlled by Daniel McLaren.

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University of Alberta biotech startup finds new use for old paper

Edmonton Journal
March 27, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON – The smell of money could — literally — be in the air at paper-recycling facilities if a plan to turn waste from the recycling process into valuable chemicals takes hold. Crystal Theodore, a fourth-year chemical engineering student at the University of Alberta, is one of the academic forces that developed the idea for Upcycled Aromatics, a startup biotech company that would turn cellulose left over from the paper-recycling process into chemicals used by fragrance manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and the producers of Tamiflu.

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NDIT Foreclosure Case Date Set

250 News
March 27, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The foreclosure case that has Northern Development Initiatives Trust versus Commonwealth Campus Corporation will be heard April 8th in Prince George. The legal counsel acting for NDIT expects to take 5 minutes to present its case, while counsel for Commonwealth expects to take an hour and a half to present its side of the story.

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Forestry

MLA recognized for work to protect forests

Conservation groups honour Scott Fraser for his efforts in saving endangered old-growth forests and related jobs
Alberni Valley Times
March 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberni-Pacific Rim NDP MLA Scott Fraser received a Forest Sustainability Award from conservationists and forestry workers in a small ceremony on Monday. The award was given to him to recognize his years of exceptional public service as an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly in British Columbia to protect endangered old-growth forests, to counter the deregulation of forest lands on Vancouver Island and to restrict the export of B.C. raw logs to foreign mills.

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Quiet start to forest fire season

The Chronicle-Journal
March 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ministry of Natural Resources Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services is gearing up for another season of battling forest fires . And while the 2013 fire season begins on Monday, it’s going to be a much quieter start than a year ago. With double-digit temperatures and no snow on the ground at this time last year, there were 18 fires reported in the region less than a week into the 2012 fire season.  Fire information officer Heather Pridham said Wednesday that Mother Nature is delaying any possibility of early spring fires across the province this year.

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Judge rejects new version of forest project near Seeley Lake

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
March 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Ah, the difference two letters make.  A U.S. District Court judge rejected a new version of the Colt-Summit forest project near Seeley Lake because the U.S. Forest Service didn’t follow his instructions. “The summary judgment order plainly requires the Forest Service to prepare a supplemental environmental assessment (emphasis added),” Judge Don Molloy wrote in his opinion Wednesday. “The Service didn’t do so. Instead it prepared what it called a ‘supplement to the environmental assessment.’”

Judge keeps block on Lolo forest project from Independent Record

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Federal judge puts McKenzie Bridge timber sale on hold

The Register Guard
March 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service cannot go forward with a controversial logging project near McKenzie Bridge until an environmental impact statement has been prepared. People living near the 2,100-acre Goose Project had opposed strongly the logging plans. …. In a ruling dated Thursday and made available late Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken said the timber sale could have a “potentially significant effect” on the environment.

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MLCs blast forest peace deal ‘circus’

A last-minute bid to stop MLCs from voting for a deal-breaking change to Tasmania’s forest peace deal has failed.
ABC News
March 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The legislation now has little hope of being finalised before Easter. Tempers reached boiling point late last night, with MLCs describing the debate as a circus, a shemozzle and a mess. Rumney MLC Tony Mulder wants to more than halve the first tranche of reserves to be created under the deal, from almost 400,000 hectares to about 120,000. Under Mr Mulder’s plan, another 270,000 hectares of forest would not be protected until at least the end of 2014.

Labor moves to “take control” as fores bill struggles from ABC News, Australia

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Carbon offsets ‘not credible,’ auditor says

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
March 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – Two carbon capture projects that were the largest beneficiaries of B.C.’s multi-million-dollar “carbon neutral government” program did not provide credible carbon offsets for emissions from government operations, Auditor General John Doyle concludes. …B.C.’s “carbon neutral government” initiative has been controversial since it was launched as part of former premier Gordon Campbell’s
climate change program in 2008.

Three key sections of the BC audit on carbon neutrality from the Globe and Mail
BC’s push for carbon neutrality in public sector falters from the Globe and Mail
Auditor general delivers damning report on BC’s Carbon trading system, Crown corporation that managed funds from the Vancouver Sun
Taxpayers burned by carbon trust from the Penticton Western News
BC government is not carbon neutral, finds auditor general from the Tyee

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Auditor stands by report on B.C.’s carbon-offset program, as critics lambaste fairness

by Mark Hume
Globe and Mail
March 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Auditor-General John Doyle began to investigate British Columbia’s carbon-offset program he soon found himself under attack from some of those directly involved in the market, which is worth an estimated $1-billion. . …“Of all the reports I have issued, never has one been targeted in such an overt manner by vested interests, nor has an audited organization ever broken my confidence, as did the senior managers at PCT by disclosing confidential information to carbon market developers and brokers,” he states in the report.

Carbon audit out, backlash begins from the Canadian Press
Let My Report Go Free: Auditor General from the Tyee

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A solution to pollution or a green gravy train?

Offset market infused with greedy self interest
Vancouver Sun
March 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

There is a moment ripe with irony in The Carbon Hunters, the 2010 documentary by former Sun columnist Miro Cernetig, in which a Texas tycoon who made money in oil pulls up in his Hummer and starts extolling the virtues of the emerging market for carbon offsets. … The bottom line was that while a market for carbon offsets has the potential to create real environmental benefits, it is also so infused with greedy self-interest that they may be awfully hard to find.

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