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Daily Archives: April 11, 2013

Business & Politics

CanWel Expands With North American Wood Preservers Acquisition

Daily Commercial News
April 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CanWel Building Materials Group Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of a lumber pressure treating plant and related planer equipment to be known as North American Wood Preservers, from a privately held arm’s length vendor. The North American Wood Preservers Plant is located in Abbotsford, British Columbia. As a result of this acquisition, CanWel’s assets now include five operating treating plants, two planer facilities and 18 distribution centres strategically located across Canada.

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Back to the woods for Blue Ridge Timber

Nelson Star
April 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A local forest company hopes to begin silviculture work and new logging on the suspended Meadow Creek Cedar license this month. Blue Ridge Timber principal Trevor Kanigan believes the Ministry of Forests is satisfied with their performance since they took over management of the license last October and will soon grant the company new cutting permits. The license would still be partially suspended but they would have access to more fibre.

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Coulson Group agrees to purchase former Zellers property

Alberni Valley Times
April 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Less than a month after Zellers closed in Uptown Port Alberni, the three-story building that used to house the company has been purchased Pending inspection, it is going to be locally owned. The Coulson Group of Companies has agreed to purchase the building, subject to final negotiations with a closing date of April 30. “We made an offer and it was accepted,” said Coulson Group CEO Wayne Coulson. “It’s subject to inspection, which we’re currently going through in the month of April, and subject to how that inspection goes, we’ll close. And if it doesn’t go so well, we won’t.”

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Government waives $6M in tax for mill

The Telegram
April 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Corner Brook paper mill got another financial boost from the provincial government last month, when the provincial cabinet quietly extended a tax exemption until at least 2017 worth around $6 million. In an order in council issued by the provincial cabinet in early March, the government waived the “managed land tax” for a period of five years, from the 2012/13 budget year through to 2016/17.

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What’s a property worth?

Chronicle Journal
April 11, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

IS Resolute Forest Products shooting for the stars and willing to settle for the moon? The moon is a long way off too and the forestry giant’s bid to reassess the value of its big Thunder Bay mill seems about as far, if not far-fetched. The company is asking the Assessment Review Board to lower the value of its pulp and paper mill to $29 million retroactive to 2009 The Thunder Bay complex, once more than $100 million, now is valued by the Municipal Property Assessment Corp. at $72 million. Does Resolute believe MPAC can be off by $43 million or 60 per cent? That seems absurd given the value of the mill relative to the industry at large.

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Weyerhaeuser Rises On Timber, Lumber And Homebuilding

Investor’s Business Daily
April 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Weyerhaeuser is fired up about the housing recovery. It manages and harvests timberlands and manufactures wood products used in home construction, such as plywood, particle board and engineered wood. Weyerhaeuser also builds single-family homes under various brand names. It is especially active in California, Nevada and Arizona, where it operates as Pardee Homes.

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Georgia-Pacific ramping up operations in S.C.

GSA Business
April 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Georgia-Pacific showcased its oriented strand board plant in Clarendon County Wednesday, which recently began ramping up operations to supply the needs of a quickening home-construction market in the eastern United States. The Atlanta-based forest products company that is a closely held unit of Koch Industries bought the plant in 2010 from Grant Forest Products, a Canadian forest products company.

Georgia-Pacific Celebrates Start-up of Clarendon OSB mill from Herald On Line

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Taking the trees to the online generation

Barrys Bay This Week
April 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

The County of Renfrew is trying to introduce the forestry industry to the Internet and “The Google Generation,” and it has received an award for its efforts. At the annual conference of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO), held from Feb. 5-7 in London, OttawaValleyWood.com earned the county the Ontario Economic Development Award, set up, according to a report filed by the county development and property committee, to recognize “excellence in marketing and product development utilizing technology.”

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Forestry

Loggers, weather squish beetle advance

The Daily Courier
April 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The pine-beetle scourge that decimated swaths of Okanagan forests is waning, but a hot July could help the critters bounce back. Cool weather and intensive logging have combined to knock back the beetle infestation that threatened to kill most pine trees in the Valley. Fewer stands of forest are blotched with red, but we’re not out of the woods yet, say experts.

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Public sees detailed harvest plans at Cheakamus Community Forest open house

Over 23,000 cubic metres of harvest volume planned for 2013 Conservation
Whistler Question
April 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Details of this year’s harvesting plans for the Cheakamus Community Forest (CCF) were outlined for the public at an open house on Tuesday (April 9), with planned logging increasing significantly in 2013 compared to last year. Last year 7,195 cubic metres of logs were delivered to market, well below the annual harvest set by B.C.’s Ministry of Forests at 20,000 cubic metres for the five-year period between 2009 and 2013. The low harvest was mainly due to poor market prices.

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Logger killed at dryland sort

Campbell River Mirror
April 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Campbell River logger was killed Monday while working on West Thurlow Island. The BC Coroners Service reported that Mark Allen Eric Dube, 59, was killed after being struck by a log shortly before 5 p.m. Dube was working at a Knox Bay dryland timber sort, located east of Campbell River in the Discovery Islands group, when he was struck by a log and pronounced dead at the scene.

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Logging BC’s Coastal Treasures

Campbell River Courier-Islander
April 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Exasperation is the tone of the full page ad placed in a March edition of Victoria’s Times-Colonist newspaper by the Discovery Islands Marine Tourism Group, a coalition of businesses associated with an ecotourism industry employing over 1,200 people and generating $45 million for the local economy. Their problem is logging, specifically in areas where they have established a strong and burgeoning economic foundation to replace a forest industry that has essentially deserted the region.

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Coast Forestry – A Keystone Sector in a Brave New World

Coast Forest Products Association
April 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

At its worst, change can be challenging but at its best it can represent a seed of hope for a better future. The recently released Legend of Johnny Canuck YouTube video symbolizes change in the form of the major strides made by the British Columbian coast forest sector over the years, especially in terms of sustainability. When I earned my forestry degree back in 1983, forestry worked much differently than it does today.

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CCNB launches training in forest trucking

Only program of its kind in Maritimes offered in French
Daily Business Buzz
April 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Training in forest trucking was launched this week at the Polyvalente Alexandre-J.-Savoie in Saint-Quentin. The program, the only one of its kind offered in French in the Maritimes, is the result of a partnership between the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, and the Centre de formation en Transport de Charlesbourg.

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Forest Service changes rule on project protests

Billings Gazette
April 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service has changed its rule on when an administrative protest can be filed against projects that require an environmental analysis. The move marks an attempt to resolve differences early and avoid lengthy appeals over projects such as timber sales or road decommissioning. Previously, administrative appeals were made after the Forest Service announced its decision on projects that require an environmental impact statement or assessment. As of March 27, objections to the findings must be lodged before a final decision is issued.

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Forest Service cuts impact summer work force

Popular Hanging Lake area will be without rangers
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado — An 18 percent budget cut for the White River National Forest this year will impact the seasonal work force at area campgrounds and along trails this summer, including the popular Hanging Lake area in Glenwood Canyon, Forest Service spokesman Bill Kight said Wednesday.  “We are looking at 18 positions that we had last year that we can’t fill this year,” Kight said, confirming that the local forest has had to cut about $3 million from its $16 million annual budget.

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Timber counties plan to get House hearing

Mail Tribune
April 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing Thursday morning on a proposal by a bipartisan trio of Oregon congressmen to revamp management of the O&C lands in Western Oregon… The proposal is aimed at giving an economic shot in the arm to the 18 Western Oregon counties that have been dependent for decades on timber-related payments from former Oregon & California Railroad Co. lands now under U.S. Bureau of Land Management jurisdiction.

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Logging company owner: Pledge to repair Taylor Twp. roads exists

Altoona Mirror
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

ROARING SPRING – Taylor Township officials complaining of damaged roads have already been promised compensation and are now simply after extra money, the owner of the logging company allegedly responsible for the damage said Wednesday. Aquillas Peachey, owner of Clinton County-based Oak Ridge Lumber – listed as Oakridge Lumber in some online directories – said he arranged nearly a year ago to pay the township $21,000 for damage caused by his company’s logging work.

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Forestry club prepares to host iconic timber convention

The Border Watch
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

ICONIC forestry industry organisation The Hoo-Hoo Club will hold its national timber convention in Mount Gambier this weekend. Around 80 delegates from across Australia will converge on the timber city for the major convention, which will include a host of events and tours of the regional forestry sector. The majority of the event will be held at the city’s Main Corner precinct. As part of the convention, a significant wood art collection will also be on display at the Riddoch Art Gallery.

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86% vote supports forest levy

Forest Growers Levy Trust
Scoop Independent News
April 11, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A referendum of forest growers has shown strong support for a levy on harvested forest products. “We have been given the thumbs-up to introduce a funding system that will provide greater certainty, equity and commitment for activities that benefit all growers, such as research, promotion and forest health,” says Forest Growers Levy Trust chair Geoff Thompson. “At this stage, we expect the levy to be introduced on 1 January 2014.”

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