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Daily Archives: April 5, 2013

Business & Politics

Thomson Commits Cash to Help Address Labour Challenges in Pulp and Paper Sector

250 News
April 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for B.C. Steve Thomson opened the Council of Forest Industries convention in Prince George this morning, expressing optimism for the industry although he noted the challenges of recruitment and retention of skilled labour. He announced the Province is making $126,500 to COFI to work with the pulp and paper sector to identify labour trends and gaps in the pulp and paper sector.

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Aspen Planers buys Ardew Mill site

Merritt Herald
April 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A spokesperson for Aspen Planers Ltd. has confirmed that the company has purchased the former Ardew Wood Products Mill site. “We have purchased Ardew,” said David Gray. “We’re sitting down and reviewing all of our options at this time. There are challenges but we’ve started reviewing the process but we don’t have anything to say at this point.” The Ardew Mill shut down on January 11 of this year. The shutdown led to 50 lost jobs.

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$30.4 million in funding for forest industry

HQPrinceGeorge.com
April 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The federal Minister of Natural Resources was in Prince George today to make a major funding announcement for the forest industry. Minister Joe Oliver spoke to those attending the Council of Forest Industries Convention. “We will be investing 10.9 million dollars in 2013-14 to help forest companies tap into new and emerging markets. I’m also pleased to announce that we are investing 19.5 million dollars to commercialize ground-breaking new technology in five projects here in western Canada.”

Tory minister touts forestry research, development from the Prince George Citizen

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Shuttered Big River sawmill showing signs of life

650 CKOM News Talk Radio
April 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After closing its doors in 2006, the Big River sawmill is once again a place of activity fueling optimism in the once-proud forestry town. “Yeah, it’s pretty positive outlook to see some action around the mill,” said Big River Mayor Robert Buckingham. Since February, the mill’s owner Carrier Forest Products has had a handful of specialized contractors working to get the facility back into “ready mode” for eventual production. Carrier is also using the kilns in Big River to dry wood from its Prince Albert facility to take advantage of stronger lumber markets.

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B.C. forestry to experience ‘super cycle,’ convention delegates told in Prince George

Canadian Press
April 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hundreds of delegates have gathered in Prince George for a convention experts say marks another positive sign in the recovery of B.C.’s struggling forest industry. The Council of Forest Industries holds its first full convention since the U.S. housing crash more than five years ago. COFI chairman Nick Arkle is optimistic about predictions that the industry is heading into a so-called “super cycle” of strong markets and healthy prices.

Advice to forestry…Beware the Super Cycle from the 250 News

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Dix says skills shortage must be addressed

HQPrinceGeorge.com
April 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NDP Leader Adrian Dix gave a speech at the Council of Forest Industries convention in Prince George today. Dix told the crowd the industry has a future in BC but noted the skills shortage needs to be addressed. “Clearly completion rates in our apprenticeship systems are low and we can’t afford that any longer. Every time I meet with a forest company, especially those in this region, they say they’re facing a skills shortage, a shortage of workers and we need to address that now.”

Labour Shortage Remains Number One Challenge for Forestry from 250 News

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Province to dish out $14 million for new skills-training program

Canadian Press
April 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. government says it will spend almost $14 million on new skills-training and job-matching programs. Premier Christy Clark says $7 million in one-time funding will go to 19 post-secondary institutions to provide short-term training to meet labour needs in areas such as trades, forestry and mining. She says another $6.8 million will be used to expand a program that matches workers with jobs in the construction industry.

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Barking up the wrong tree

Prince George Citizen
April 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The man who would be premier used soothing tones with an ideologically hostile audience. The members of the Council of Forest Industries returned the favour. Adrian Dix, leader of the provincial NDP, was the luncheon keynote speaker Thursday at the COFI conference in Prince George. He touched on how in B.C. politics – in his experience in previous NDP governments, an unelected outsider at the Legislature, and back in an opposition seat – there may be partisan disagreements but “there is far more consensus than you realize” on the major issues.

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Resolute meets challenges: CEO

Chronicle Journal
April 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The president of Resolute Forest Products is optimistic about the company’s future.
CEO Richard Garneau told the Empire Club of Canada Thursday that “despite the disruptions and challenges that have shaken our industry, we have confidence in its future. “For Resolute, ensuring we are part of that future has meant changing the way we think about our business, changing how we do business and changing how we operate,” he said.

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Daines visits Livingston lumber mill to address lumber shortage

KBZK Bozeman News
April 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Congressman Steve Daines continues his statewide natural resources tour with a stop at Livingston’s RY Lumber Mill. Officials with RY Lumber say they have logged just about all the private land they can and are now running low on supply. They hope congressman Daines will take their concerns back to Washington. “So we’re looking at talking to the congressman a bit about how we can speed up the sale of timber and try to eliminate some of the road blocks that the agency faces trying to get wood out there on the market.” Said Timber Resource Manager Ed Regan.

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Record Hardwood Exports; Lumber Shortage and Suspended Buys

Woodworking Network
April 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

U.S. hardwood lumber exports totaled 113 million board feet in January 2013, making it the strongest January on record. Year-on-year shipments were up 3% to 17% to China, Canada, Vietnam, Mexico and Italy — the Top 5 foreign destinations. In March, exporters reported good demand in Asia and Mexico, as did buyers in those markets. Several Middle Eastern markets were busier.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Investment in Transformation, Commitment to Taller Wood Buildings Welcomed by Forest Industry

Canada Newswire
April 4, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada is pleased with today’s announcements by the Government of Canada under the landmark Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program as well as its commitment to market development and taller wood buildings. The Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, announced $19.5 million dollars in IFIT funding towards five projects worth a total of $70 million. He also announced $10.9 million for the Expanding Markets Opportunities Program.

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Forestry

Asian Long-Horned Beetle Eradicated from Canada

Canada Food Inspection Agency
April 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

VAUGHAN, ONTARIO— Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, announced today that the Asian Long-horned Beetle (ALHB) has been successfully eradicated from Canada, following nearly a decade of collaborative efforts between federal, provincial and municipal authorities. “Today marks an important milestone in our fight against invasive pests,” said PS Lemieux.

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MPB Infestation Winding Down, Slowly

250 News
April 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The timber supply in the wake of the mountain pine beetle infestation is not as bad as was originally predicted says B.C.’s Chief Forester Dave Peterson. Speaking to delegates at the Council of Forest Industries convention, Peterson says the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation B.C. is expected to end in about 2020 and the amount of forest impacted annually has been steadily decreasing. But, when the dust has settled, he says the prediction is that 58% of the Province’s pine forest will have been killed.

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New woodlot licence available on West Cracroft Island

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
April 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

PORT MCNEILL – A new woodlot opportunity is available on West Cracroft Island as the Province continues to support new or expanded forestry opportunities for smaller operators, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today. The woodlot includes 800 hectares of Crown land in the vicinity of Bones Bay on the north side of West Cracroft Island, and has a proposed allowable annual cut of 4,479 cubic metres. Most of the woodlot is a mix of second-growth hemlock and western redcedar.

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Oregon timberlands issue heats up in Congress; exposes split between Wyden and key House members

The Oregonian
April 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A proposal by three Oregon congressmen to boost logging on the Oregon & California timberlands gained momentum in the U.S. House on Wednesday — but it faces a skeptical reaction from Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, who now chairs the key committee in the Senate. Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Greg Walden, R-Ore., announced that their proposal for allowing the state to manage timber harvesting on Oregon & California railroad lands — which cover 2.6 million acres in Western Oregon — will get a hearing before the House Natural Resources Committee next Thursday.

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APP denies breaking logging promise after WWF allegations

Asia Pulp & Paper has announced that it has not breached its deforestation policy following WWF allegations
The Guardian
April 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced today that it has not breached its deforestation policy following allegations by WWF that it will not provide “any real conservation benefits”. Announced in February, APP and Sinar Mas’s deforestation policy stated that it would form “an end to the clearing of natural forest across its entire supply chain in Indonesia, with immediate effect.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood waste heating project expands across B.C. interior

Journal of Commerce
April 4, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The British Columbia provincial government is expanding the Wood Waste 2 Rural Heat project across the interior of B.C. The province is partnering with the Columbia Basin Trust, the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition, the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition to invest $240,000 over two years in the Wood Waste 2 Rural Heat project. The bio-energy program works with local governments, First Nations and non-profits to increase the use of local wood waste in heating projects.

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Carbon controversy opens eyes

Nelson Star
April 5, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

If you’d asked me a week ago what I thought of Nelson’s choice not to voluntarily buy carbon credits to offset its 2012 CO2 emissions, I would have told you everyone should be outraged about this. …The 36-page report claims the BC government spent some $6 million purchasing carbon credits to support projects — including the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s purchase of the Darkwoods forest along the south arm of Kootenay Lake — which would have gone ahead without that financial incentive.

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State critical of wood-fired project’s forestry plan

Rutland Herald
April 5, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

MONTPELIER — State forestry officials raised questions Thursday about just how sustainable the proposed North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project would be. The developers of the 35-megawatt wood-fired project have proposed an inadequate wood harvesting program, said Steven Sinclair, director of forests for the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, during hearings before the Vermont Public Service Board.

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