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Daily Archives: April 8, 2013

Business & Politics

Rail legislation ensures customer reliability

Northern Ontario Business
April 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada said the new Fair Rail Freight Service Act is a step in the right direction in delivering reliability to shippers and imposing a performance standard on the railways. The federal legislation was tabled in December after years of complaints by rail customers – including those in the forest sector – about inefficient and inadequate service from the railways.

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BC pulp producer buys Skookumchuck mill

Columbia Valley Pioneer
April 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Richmond, B.C.-based Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corporation ended months of speculation on Tuesday, March 26th by reaching an agreement to buy Tembec’s Skookumchuck pulp mill for $89 million. The long-term search for a buyer will be complete once Paper Excellence completes a review of the northern bleached softwood kraft pulp mill’s various assets and liabilities. “We’ve been in discussions in the past months,” Linda Coates, Tembec’s vice president of human resources and corporate affairs, told The Pioneer.

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Domtar makes pitch to councillors

Industrial tax deal for pulp operation has ended
Kamloops Daily News
April 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Domtar has met with or has arranged to meet with City councillors individually before Tuesday’s discussion of the amount of tax shouldered by heavy industry. Coun. Donovan Cavers said Friday he went out to the pulp operation on Mission Flats Road earlier this week, although he didn’t feel entirely comfortable about it. However, since Domtar’s manager sat through the City’s last budget meeting and the company’s delegation got bumped due to a thick agenda, he felt it was good to reciprocate.

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Tolko a natural fit for project

Vernon Morning Star
April 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Vernon-based company is playing a major role in a Lower Mainland development. Tolko Industries has been selected to provide the lumber for Mountain Equipment Co-op’s new headquarters at False Creek Flats in Vancouver. “Not only is Tolko a company with its origins in B.C., it’s family-owned and being run by the family’s third generation,” said Ralph Austin, with Seagate Structures, which has the construction contract for the wood framing of the headquarters project.

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Oliver Outlines Funds for Market Expansion and Industry Transformation

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

Prince George, B.C. – Federal Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver has addressed the COFI convention, delivering more details on the Federal Budget’s dedicated dollars to support innovation and market diversification Specifically, he announced $19.5 million dollars for five projects in western Canada, of which, two are in B.C, and none in Northern B.C. …All of the projects are to bring advanced technologies “out of laboratories and into industrial facilities”.

Click here for the press release Natural Resources Canada

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Premier makes funding and partnership announcements at COFI Convention

HQPrinceGeorge.com
April 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Premier attended the Council of Forest Industries Convention in Prince George today, and made two announcements for the forest industry. 6 million dollars is being given to nine associations that operate market development programs in international markets, and 2.4 million is going to BC’s Wood First program – which promotes the use of wood as a building material in mid-rise construction.

BC seeks new markets for wood products, addresses need for skilled workers from 250 News

Click here for the press release from BC Government

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Clark Has COFI Delegates On Their Feet

250 News
April 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Premier Christy Clark was given a warm welcome by the delegates at the COFI convention in Prince George. There to deliver the keynote luncheon address, Clark received not one, not two, but three standing ovations from the luncheon crowd. Her address was focused on forestry, but make no mistake, it was very much, an election speech which she started with “setting the record straight” about comments the leader of the Opposition, Adrian Dix, had made the day before to the same gathering.

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Longlac mill to restart, despite $24M debt to taxpayers

CBC News
April 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CBC News has learned a company that owes Ontario taxpayers $24 million will be allowed to re-start operations in the northwest without re-paying the debt. Buchanan is working to re-open the Longlac mill less than a year after the Liberal government forgave the company a $24-million loan. …But the NDP candidate for Thunder Bay-Superior North said that’s not right, adding that the Liberal party has a bad habit of giving Buchanan money at workers’ expense.

No financial help for Buchanan Group if Longlac mill reopens: Gravelle from The TB News Watch

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Nova Scotia government helps fund upgrades at Northern Pulp mill

CTV News
April 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Nova Scotia government is providing more than $20 million in loans and refinancing to help upgrade a pulp mill in Pictou County. Economic Development Minister Percy Paris said Friday the Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. in Abercrombie will use the money to improve the 40-year-old mill and buy equipment to reduce air pollution.

NS loans over $20m to pulp millfrom The Chronicle Herald
Pictou County pulp mill funding made public from the CBC News

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Unions concerned about cancer at Thunder Bay mill

All past and present paper mill workers asked to fill out questionnaires about their health
CBC News
April 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new committee in Thunder Bay wants to know if mill workers are experiencing an unusually high rate of cancer. Last week, the group sent a letter to all past and present employees of the pulp and paper mill in Thunder Bay, asking them to fill out a questionnaire about their health. “We’ve noticed over the years a high rate of cancer, ” said Bob Hoffman, spokesperson for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union, one of four unions on the committee.

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Region’s lumber producers scrambling to meet demand

Longview Daily News
April 5, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Regional lumber producers, nearly felled by the nationwide housing crash four years ago, now are struggling to meet demand as home builders are starting to find more work, according to timber industry analysts. … In the first two months of the year, production at Western U.S. lumber mills rose 11.6 percent, to 2.267 billion board feet, compared to the same period in 2011, the Western Wood Products Association reported Friday.

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Poised for a Rebound

Flathead Beacon
April 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

If a look and a sound can tell a story, the look on Tom Ray’s face as he listened to the collective sound of a buzzing sawmill told a story that Northwest Montana would like to hear. …. Ray, the vice president of Northwest resources and manufacturing for Plum Creek, had reason to smile last week as he walked through his company’s Evergreen stud mill, recently revived after years of dormancy.

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Lack of timber challenges area sawmill

The Montana Standard
April 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DEER LODGE — It is spring break-up in the mountains, where wet, muddy conditions prevent loggers and haulers from working for the next few weeks. However, Sun Mountain Lumber, in Deer Lodge, has an adequate supply of timber in its yard to keep the sawmill running during this period. Sherm Anderson, Sun Mountain owner and CEO, said recently that the biggest challenge continues to be the lack of available timber.

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Paper mill changes signify positive future, industry leaders say

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
April 6, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Despite nearly a decade of tough times for papermakers in central Wisconsin, industry leaders say recent developments signify a more encouraging future. …“In general, we’ve obviously gone through a few years of instability
and tough times, especially in markets that make printing and writing
and coated paper,” Landin said.Even the closure of the Brokaw mill and continuing layoffs at NewPage further strengthen the industry, he said.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Towers of wood frames soaring

Winnipeg Free Press
April 6, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

… Between three and five per cent of the world’s carbon emissions are generated in steel and concrete production, respectively. As such, a growing number of architects argue we must find a new material to meet building needs in the 21st century, and they believe they have the perfect alternative — wood. Of course, wood is not actually a new product; humans have been using lumber in construction for thousands of years. Even in 2013, almost 80 per cent of Canadians live in wood homes.

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Private sector didn’t show up for WIDC: Clark

Prince George Citizen
April 5, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark blamed the private sector Friday for the government’s decision to scale down the scope of the Wood Innovation and Design Centre. Originally billed as an 11-story wood structure with a budget of more than $100 million, the project on the site of the old PG Hotel has turned into a six-story building costing $25 million. “We were ambitious about what we thought we could make happen,” Clark told the Citizen in an exclusive interview.

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Aldrich Lumber uses modern products, techniques to create traditional buildings

Prairie Star
April 7, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Mark Solie has crews across Montana and northern Wyoming building pole structures using modern technology and looking to continue to expand crew development, looking for quality crews who take pride in their work. Solie is the outside sales manager for Aldrich Lumber in Billings, MT. “We’ve been around since 1917,” he said. “This is a third-generation business and is still owned and operated by the Aldrich family.”

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Forestry

Clark eyes North focuses on economy forestry

Prince George Citizen
April 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Premier Christy Clark said the B.C. Liberals will make forest health “a real priority concern” if they secure re-election next month. In an exclusive interview with the Citizen on Friday morning, prior to her address at the Council of Forest Industries conference, Clark said she wasn’t willing to reveal her party’s plans for a post-mountain pine beetle forest inventory – but hinted strongly that an announcement is coming soon.

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The politics of nature (Part 1)

What the auditor general and the scientists are saying.
Focus Online
April 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nature rarely makes it onto political platforms, but this election it could become a wedge issue amongst the progressive parties—especially in the capital. Here, if there is one thing that we rally around it’s the natural world. We gather in large crowds to save the salmon, the old growth or other iconic symbols of nature. Yet the political parties are, as ever, reluctant to lead with the words “nature” or “biodiversity” in their platforms. But that might be changing.

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Strengthening a Culture of Safety in Forestry

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

Prince George, B.C.- In just a couple of weeks, Prince George will mark the first anniversary of the deadly explosion and fire at Lakeland Mills…. It was the second blast at a sawmill in the interior in three months, as the Babine Forest Products mill was levelled by a similar blast in late January. Two workers died, numerous others injured. Yet, the tragedies brought the industry together says Alistar Cooke, Senior VP for Canfor’s Wood Products Operations. He says collaboration within the industry and with regulatory agencies was crucial last year in getting a handle on the issue of combustible dust in mills throughout the province.

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Prepare for a brutal world advises UBC Forestry grad

The Province
April 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Peter Dash began to question the wisdom of people in authority the day the head of a big B.C. forest ­company told him he was in the wrong line of work. Dash, then his early 20s, was attending an event for graduating students in University of B.C.’s forestry program. The timber titan told him his ­company wanted harvesting engineers, not silviculture specialists like Dash. In other words, they were more ­interested in cutting trees down than in planting new forests.

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A BC Forest Policy for the 21st Century

New laws needed for balanced protection of a vital resource.
The Tyee
April 6, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The current crisis in our forests challenges each of us to consider what type of future we want for B.C. What is the right direction, …Regrettably, the policy options presented recently to a Legislative Committee were simply a super-charged version of the status quo: from strengthening corporate timber rights to logging areas reserved for biodiversity, wildlife and scenic values.

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US Forest Service Struggles to Manage Wildfires After Sequestration

The International
April 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States


The US Forest Service anticipates another difficult year ahead as rising temperatures and increased drought are expected to expose forested lands to blazing wildfires, while sequestration stretches the agency and its resources to the limit. Taking a $132 million hit in budget cuts, the agency has already declared that 500 less firefighters will be employed for the 2013 season. When sequestration went into effect March 1, the Department of Agriculture saw nearly $2 billion disappear from their 2013 budget, of which $42 million belonged to the US Forest Service.

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Why Is USDA Stripping the Forest Service of its Pine Tree Logo?

KCET
April 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

As official badges go, the Forest Service’s is pretty plain — but very much to the point. …As official badges go, the Forest Service’s is pretty plain — but very much to the point. …That someone would be the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is
poised to wipe out all of its agencies’ individual markers of
identification. Goodbye, Pine Tree. Hello, Bland.

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Federal agencies at odds over firefighter’s death

Associated Press
April 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service is contesting a citation issued against it by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the death of a 20-year-old Forest Service firefighter last summer. OSHA spokeswoman Deanne Amaden told the Lewiston Tribune (http://bit.ly/16BAcwC) in a story published Friday that the two agencies are negotiating after each conducted investigations and reached separate conclusions.

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Despite reduced beetle kill, state forester forecasts a heavy fire season

Wyoming Public Media
April 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wyoming forest officials anticipate another heavy fire season for this year. Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser says recent warm winters have been great for the pine beetle population. He adds that Wyoming pine forests are full of densely-packed stands with trees of the same age, which makes them especially vulnerable to beetles, and that makes them more likely to burn. The spread of beetle-killed trees slowed in 2012. That’s according to an aerial forest health survey conducted by the USDA Forest Service and the Wyoming State Forestry Division.

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Survey shows mountain pine beetle declines across Wyoming

Billings Gazette
April 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After killing millions of acres of trees across Wyoming over the past 16 years, the mountain pine and spruce beetle epidemic is nearing the end of its course, mainly because the pests don’t have much more left to eat. “They’ve run out of food,” state Forester Bill Crapser said Friday. “So they’re on the decrease.” An aerial survey indicates that both mountain pine beetle and spruce beetle activity slowed last year across Wyoming’s forests, except for the Black Hills National Forest area in the northeast part of the state, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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Time to update the O&C Act

Mail Tribune
April 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

… To make up for the fact that these lands take up a large part of the tax base (53 percent in Jackson County), the second part of the O&C Act provides a formula for distributing money from “permanent forest production.” The money was paid “in lieu of taxes.” At the height of logging O&C lands, money paid to the counties averaged more than 400 percent of the tax equivalency. Eighteen Oregon counties became “timber-dependent counties,” relying on O&C money to keep citizen tax rates artificially low.

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House Takes Up Proposals to Raise Revenue Through Logging

Oregon Public Broadcasting
April 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A House panel is taking up two proposals that would increase logging in federal forests to raise money for struggling timber counties. Washington Republican Doc Hastings chairs the House Natural Resources Committee. Hastings says Northwest timber counties are running out of money and it’s difficult for them to raise revenue, given their depressed economies. So he’s introducing a bill that would require logging on all federal forest land unless its designated as a wilderness area and give 25 percent of the profits to the counties.

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Invasive beetle confirmed in NH

Boston.com
April 5, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

An invasive beetle that has beleaguered 18 other states including Massachusetts and Connecticut has made its way to New Hampshire. The emerald ash borer, originally from China, has killed millions of ash trees nationwide since being discovered in Michigan in 2002. It’s often spread by people transporting firewood, and much of the outreach nationally has focused on a ‘‘Don’t Move Firewood’’ campaign.

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Environment: What’s the outlook for Colorado forests?

April 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

I’ve been working my way through a series of stories about Colorado’s forests the past few weeks — after all, lodgepole pines are only one part of the state’s forest landscapes, and in looking at the overall picture, it’s clear that global warming and drought are probably going to have a big effect. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Even though the pine beetle outbreak was scary big and scary fast, it looks like those lodgepole groves will grow back just fine, at least in the short-term (the jury is still out on the impacts of global warming).

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Smithsonian Scientists Launch 100-Year Project to Examine the Future of Forests

Outcome Magazine (blog)
April 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A century from now researchers will gather data from a forest in Maryland to see how, during the previous 100 years, varying levels of species diversity affected its development and how the forest reacted to climate change. The information researchers garner could be critical for conservation, and they will have Smithsonian scientists who planted the entire forest back in 2013 to thank. Scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Md., are turning 60 acres of farmland into an experimental forest and watching it grow for 100 years.

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Environment: What’s the outlook for Colorado forests?

April 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

I’ve been working my way through a series of stories about Colorado’s forests the past few weeks — after all, lodgepole pines are only one part of the state’s forest landscapes, and in looking at the overall picture, it’s clear that global warming and drought are probably going to have a big effect. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Even though the pine beetle outbreak was scary big and scary fast, it looks like those lodgepole groves will grow back just fine, at least in the short-term (the jury is still out on the impacts of global warming).

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Demand for wood pellets in Europe a boon in southeastern U.S.

StarNewsOnline.com
April 6, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Talk about the global economy. The Port of Wilmington may reap the benefits of environmental regulations in Europe that have spurred a huge increase in demand for forest byproducts from the southeastern United States. Wood pellets, often used in wood-burning stoves, are taking the place of coal in many European power plants with the aim of reducing their carbon footprint.

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General

Liquidators sell Gunns’ trees

ABC News, Australia
April 8, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

More than 200,000 hectares of timber plantations established by the collapsed Tasmanian company Gunns are being put on the market. Gunns’ liquidator has abandoned a plan to sell the trees as a single entity, leaving the future of its proposed Tamar Valley pulp mill and millions of dollars worth of investor funds up in the air. Investors, known as growers, are being warned they should not expect to see the kind of returns they were promised when they bought into the timber investments.

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