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Daily Archives: April 2, 2013

Business & Politics

Prince Rupert’s island of dreams and nightmares

The Northern View
March 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

They once were saviours. In a depressed economy, Chinese government-backed Sun Wave Forest Products purchased the shuttered Skeena-Cellulose pulp mill on Watson Island, vowing to put hundreds of men and women back to work. In 2006, the City of Prince Rupert approved a multi-million-dollar tax break to help them accomplish this, but something quite different occurred.

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Interfor looking forward to growth in log supply and marketplace

Castlegar News
April 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The vice President and chief forester of Interfor, Richard Slaco, said the pending purchase of two timber supply tenures from Springer Creek Forest Products in Slocan is a positive step forward for the company. “We have an agreement to purchase but it hasn’t closed yet,” said Slaco, who was reached by telephone at his office in Delta.

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OSB mills pile up profits on skyrocketing prices

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
April 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Oriented strand board prices are up 100 per cent in a year on U.S. housing rebound, boosting firms such as Ainsworth. The recovering U.S. housing market has pushed profit margins up to stratospheric heights for oriented strand board (OSB) producers, whose engineered wood panels are outperforming lumber in the red-hot forest products sector. Scotiabank reports in its monthly Commodity Price Index that prices for OSB, which has replaced plywood in most North American housing applications, surged in February to $430 US a thousand square feet, up 100 per cent year-over-year.

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NewPage lesson: Closing a paper mill can boost your bottom line

Chronicle Herald
April 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

It is a blast from the recent past, but NewPage Holdings Inc.’s annual report may hold some interest for Nova Scotians. NewPage Holdings, the new name of the former owner of the NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper plant at the Strait of Canso, booked an US$18 million gain after the “deconsolidation” of the Nova Scotia plant from its American operations. …After NewPage sought protection from creditors in September 2011, it threw the Strait of Canso and northern Nova Scotia into an economic crisis.

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Omak plywood mill to reopen after four-year shutdown

Wenatchee World
March 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

OMAK — The Colville Indian Plywood and Veneer plant in Omak will restart operations this summer after shutting down more than four years ago when the recession hit the construction industry. In Omak, the news means one thing — jobs. Officials say 100 mill workers will be hired when it restarts, and eventually some 200 employees will operate the mill, which laid off 230 employees in January 2009. M

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

GreenWizard, International Living Future Institute Label Sustainable Building Products

Environmental Leader
April 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Green building software provider GreenWizard has partnered with environmental NGO the International Living Future Institute to promote a more sustainable and transparent built environment. Under the partnership, the Institute’s Declare program is integrated into GreenWizard’s Product Management Workflow, a web-based product data and documentation tool that helps builders define sustainability goals, find products to meet those goals, and achieve green-building certification.

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Reflections on Building the World’s Tallest Timber Building Using CLT

DesignBuild Source
April 2, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

For Lend Lease business manager of cross laminated timber developer Andrew Nieland, there is no better way to summarise the significance of engineered timber in building and construction in Australia and beyond than by quoting drMM founding director and UK architect Alex De Rijke. If the 19th century was the century of steel and the 20th century was the century of concrete, De Rijke says, “then the 21st century is about engineered timbers.” “Now he’s not a crackpot, he’s an architect of high standing,” Nieland told a Property Council of Australia conference on sustainability in Melbourne recently.

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Forestry

Expert warns against commercial logging near Star Creek

Watershed study underway in area
Calgary Herald
April 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A well-known forest scientist is concerned about a plan to allow logging near Star Creek — home to the threatened cutthroat trout — in the headwaters of the Crowsnest River valley, also prime grizzly bear habitat. David McIntyre, who has worked for the Smithsonian Institution and now lives in southern Alberta, said the province appears to be targeting the area for commercial logging. “This is Crown of the Continent landscape, home to pure-strain westslope cutthroat trout,” he said. “

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New Wildfire Season Underway

250 News
April 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The new wildfire season is now officially underway as the new fiscal year began yesterday. The Prince George Fire Centre was second in the Province over the 2012 season for number of fires with 389 fires, Kamloops experienced more fire activity with 469, but in the Prince George Fire Centre, flames consumed more area, burning a total of 83,864 hectares.

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Environmental Group Fights Delay In Marbled Murrelet Habitat Protections

Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An environmental group has stopped an agreement between the timber industry and federal wildlife officials that would have delayed new protections for a threatened seabird. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service settled with the timber industry group, the American Forest Resource Council, last summer, to avoid a legal battle over for the marbled murrelet. The industry group argued that maps of protected areas called “critical habitat” had been done improperly.

Federal judge rejects plan to drop marbled murrelet habitat from the Associated Press

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Oregon Senate resolution urges Congress to transfer federal forest lands to new trust

The Oregonian
April 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… The latest proposal in the Oregon Senate urges Congress to create a trust that would manage approximately 2.7 million acres of federal Oregon & California Railroad timberlands currently overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. Approximately 1.6 million would be used to harvest at least 500 million board feet annually, according to Senate Joint Memorial 10. Environmental groups would likely oppose that harvest amount as too high, though timber industry and county officials would likely approve of that.

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Tree-killing insects thriving in warmer cities

NBCNews.com
April 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Bizarre-looking bugs known as scale insects may be tiny but they can take down an oak tree. Considered pests, the creatures tend to flock to cities where they weaken, and in some cases kill, trees by sucking out their sap. A new study shows that scale insects are found in big numbers in populous regions because they have adapted to the heat of urban areas.

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Shorter winters chip away at a logging town’s future

One-third to almost half of northern New York’s timber harvest comes in winter, when the frozen forests can handle the heavy equipment. A shortening winter is crimping the already struggling industry.
The Daily Climate
March 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. – Scott Lizotte was hopeful as he pulled his iPhone out of the breast pocket of his flannel shirt. “It’s going to be six degrees tonight,” he said, studying the 10-day forecast. It’s mid-March, and he’s standing between a skidder and a log loader in a snowy clearing of a 12,000-acre private forest near Tupper Lake, a former lumber town in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. …”We used to go on the job when the ground was frozen, around the first of November, or around Thanksgiving,” said Scott’s father, Jeannel Lizotte. “Now it’s going around Christmas time.”

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Forestry Surge In Log Exports Gives Investors Hope

stuff.co.nz
April 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forestry investors are touching wood over forecast growth in forestry production, worth more than $3 billion a year in exports alone. Latest gross domestic product figures showed forestry production was up 9 per cent in the December quarter, to its highest level since Statistics New Zealand’s series began in 1987. In the next few years, New Zealand forests are predicted to increase log production by 5 million cubic metres, on top of the 26 million cubic metres of logs already produced a year.

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No hard sell on Myanmar timber

Mizzima News
April 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

In recent years there have been few if any restrictions on timber exports from Myanmar, which remains one of the only countries in the world to permit hardwood logs to be exported and value-added elsewhere. This is about to change—a draft forestry law is currently being formulated by the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry. On March 30, state-run media announced that as of April 1, 2014, raw, unprocessed logs will no longer be able to be exported from Myanmar.

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Green groups accuse Asia Pulp of breaking logging promise

Oman Observer
March 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

AKARTA — Indonesian green groups yesterday accused the world’s third-largest paper producer Asia Pulp & Paper of again breaking its promise to stop clearing natural forests and peatlands in the country. APP in February announced that it had stopped using logs from Indonesia’s natural forests after years of campaigning by Greenpeace that lost the firm major clients, including Barbie-maker Mattel and food giant Kraft.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Soils in new forest could help offset climate change

Surface appearances can be so misleading: In most forests, the amount of carbon held in soils is substantially greater than the amount contained in the trees themselves.
ScienceDaily.com
April 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

If you’re a land manager trying to assess the potential of forests to offset carbon emissions and climate change by soaking up atmospheric carbon and storing it, what’s going on beneath the surface is critical. But while scientists can precisely measure and predict the amount of above-ground carbon accumulating in a forest, the details of soil-carbon accounting have been a bit fuzzy.
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Climate skeptic’s research laid foundation for BC auditor general’s report on carbon trading

Straight.com
April 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

In a recent report on carbon trading, B.C. auditor general John Doyle relied on the research of an academic who’s denied that human-induced global warming poses a serious threat to the planet. University of Victoria agricultural and resource economist G. Cornelis van Kooten was the lead author of a working paper on forest-sector carbon credits, which was cited on page 26 of Doyle’s report.

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NDP questions Pacific Carbon Trust’s contract with LIberal-linked company

By Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
April 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

NDP finance critic Bruce Ralston is questioning why the Pacific Carbon Trust paid a strategic advisory firm with Liberal government ties to provide advice on how to react to a negative report on the province’s carbon trading system. The Wazuku Advisory Group was paid $10,950 for “communications advice and planning,” according to information provided to The Vancouver Sun by the Crown corporation Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT).

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A carbon-tax ‘scam’

Letter by By Jiti Khanna
The Province
April 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

I commend letter-writer Leo Vanderbyl for his detailed letter, and wholeheartedly agree that the Carbon Tax and Trust scam unilaterally implemented by former premier Gordon Campbell that is taxing ordinary British Columbians while benefiting select corporations must be scrapped. In fact, Premier Christy Clark could rise in the polls if she eliminated the PCT before the election, although the carbon-tax-industry officials will resist this loss of jobs.

Hospitals, schools, have better uses for carbon-offset money another letter to The Province

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Is Pacific Carbon Trust a boon or bust for British Columbia?

Kamloops This Week
April 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Is the Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT) and the associated carbon tax a crucial way to reduce greenhouse gases or a complex, bogus arrangement that has seen scarce taxpayer cash in education and health care diverted to pay for millions of dollars of work done on facilities owned by multi-billion-dollar corporations? Critics would side with the latter, pointing to last week’s auditor-general’s report and the fact virtually no private businesses have done voluntarily what most public institutions must do by law — give money to the PCT for the carbon they produce.

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