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Daily Archives: April 17, 2013

Business & Politics

Domtar’s Acquisition of Xerox Paper Business Lays Ground for Continued Sustainability Progress

Justmeans
April 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

When Domtar recently announced its acquisition of the Xerox North American paper business, I wondered what the positive sustainability impact would be. Domtar has built an environmental leadership position in the pulp and paper industry over a 10-year period. …I didn’t know as much about Xerox sustainability, but learned that the Xerox paper line offers a number of paper options with FSC and SFI certified content.

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Lumber markets improved sharply in the US during 2012 and early 2013

IHB
April 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber production in the US and Canada improved during 2012, with total output in 2012 being eight percent and five percent higher, respectively, than in 2011, according to WWPA. Sawmills in the Western region have been more fortunate than mills in other regions in North America since they have been able to ship lumber both to markets in the US and to Asia. The US housing market is continuing to improve, with higher house prices, lower inventories and limited sales of foreclosure homes (increasingly turned into rental properties).

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Workerled operation continues to work well for Harmac pulp mill

Nanaimo Daily News
April 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The ability and the desire for all stakeholders to work together as a team has been one of the main secrets for the ongoing success of Nanaimo’s Harmac pulp mill since it was rescued from closure when the facility was taken over by a worker-led partnership in 2008. Company president Levi Sampson said the worker-led ownership model has provided major advantages and solved a lot of long-standing problems that plagued the mill when the unionized employees and management often found themselves on opposite sides of the fence on many issues.

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Truck loggers boss tours Island

Dwight Yochim stopped in Nanaimo on Monday as part of series of discussions regarding industry
Nanaimo Daily News
April 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Issues related to the province’s beleaguered forest industry are the main topics to be discussed as Dwight Yochim, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association of B.C., began a tour of communities on Vancouver Island in Nanaimo on Monday. Yochim said the TLA, which represents independent forest contractors on B.C.’s coast, felt that with a provincial election just weeks away, it’s a good time to “make connections” with its members, community leaders and candidates.

Forestry spokesperson tells Nanaimo council about sector’s strength from the HQ Cowichan Valley

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BC forest companies can’t get enough rail cars to ship products to customers

Firms struggle to take advantage of booming U.S. housing market
Vancouver Sun
April 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. forest companies say they can no longer get enough rail cars to move their products to market at a time when the U.S. housing market is going through a major recovery. U.S. housing starts topped one million in March on a seasonally adjusted rate, more than double the low point hit during the recession, prompting a run on rail cars that Canadian mills use to get their wood products to market.

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Forest sector key issue in election

Prince George Citizen
April 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One political party is calling the past decade a time of “neglect” in the B.C. forest industry with job losses and flimsy inventory data the result. The other is claiming victory over three major crises to simultaneously hit the B.C. forest sector, and pointing to the sector’s recent gains. Both the NDP and the Liberals continue to realize the importance of the forest sector as a campaign issue, heading towards the vote on May 14. Both party leaders were in Prince George during the recent Council of Forest Industries (COFI) conference to stress their belief in the future of forestry.

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Terrace log yard activity hangs in the balance

Terrace Standard
April 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

YaoRun Wood officials are pushing back against accusations that they do not pay their contractors, saying they are confident the truth about their business practises will come out….YaoRun chairman, Guiying Lui, speaking through a translator last week, said the company has provided nearly 100 jobs in the northwest and pays municipal, provincial and federal taxes, so he does not understand the backlash against the company.

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Dix’s modest proposal for the forest industry

By Vaughn Palmer
Vancouver Sun
April 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – As B.C. moved onto an election footing more than a decade ago, Adrian Dix’s mentor, then-premier Glen Clark, was in characteristic form, all bluster and hyperbole. …Dix announced his own plan for the forest industry this week and the contents were to Clark’s jobs and timber accord as night is to day. No threatening to punch the industry in the nose. “A profitable and competitive forest industry that creates good paying jobs,” was listed as the prime goal of a Dix-led NDP government.

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President’s Perspective – More Similarities Than Differences

by Rick Jeffery
Coast Forest Products Association
April 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

With the writ for the May 14th British Columbia provincial election about to be dropped the parties have now released their forestry platforms. It doesn’t appear that there are significant, contentious wedge issues in forest policy. Both mainstream parties share common elements when it comes to policy. These include: plans for skills and employment training that can benefit the forest sector; strong support for the market development partnership between industry and government; providing additional funding for silviculture activities and assisting affected communities in the mountain pine beetle areas; and money for forest inventories and research.

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Gillwood employees still on picket line 1 year later

Two dozen workers affected by strike
Chilliwack Times
April 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A year ago, the owner of a Chilliwack wood remanufacturing mill said he hoped the lockout of employees could be negotiated with a “speedy resolution.” But 12 months have passed and Gillwood Remanufacturing employees are still set up day after day outside the Unsworth Road facility, hoping a deal with owner Gary Gill can be made.

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Forestry plan a major shift, NDP critic insists

www.kamloopsnews.ca
April 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

New Democrats say they will reverse forest policy changes made by the Liberal government a decade ago with the exception of one that was a blow to forest-dependent communities. Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald, the NDP’s forest critic, joined local candidates Kathy Kendall and Tom Friedman on Tuesday to lay out the party’s forestry plan.

NDP vows reforestation spending from BC Local News

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Export Of Raw Logs, Just How Do You Fix It?

250 News
April 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Raw log exports are about to be front and center in the provincial election and when we are finished with the debate we will be no further ahead of the game than we were when the issue started. The annual allowable cut in 2008 in BC was 75 million cubic meters , of that amount 4.1 million cubic meters was being shipped off shore. …The problem with this is that 75% of the raw logs being exported (or 4.125 million cubic meters) comes from what the government likes to call “federally controlled lands”, translation, lands held under First Nations tenure.

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The mill is worth saving

Corner Brook Pulp and Paper got another lifeline from the provincial government in the tune of a $6-million tax writeoff.
Western Star
April 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The money is the latest in a series of assistance the province has given the operation to keep it afloat until it can return to profitability — if that ever happens. The money is welcome by the company, workers and those who depend on the mill’s spinoff spending, but there is also no doubt this short-term assistance can’t go on forever. Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall says the government remains hopeful that if the mill keeps running long enough, as a survivor it will have a long-term future in a smaller newsprint industry.

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ACOA sues defunct wood pellet company over 2009 loan

TheChronicleHerald.ca
April 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is suing a defunct Nova Scotia wood pellet company for $532,618.98. The federal regional development agency alleged in Nova Scotia Supreme Court documents filed Monday that Enligna Canada Inc. of Middle Musquodoboit owes it $499,904 in principal and $32,714.98 in interest from a 2009 loan. Enligna was placed in receivership in 2011, owing Nova Scotia Business Inc., the province’s business development agency, about $2.7 million.

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Development commission publication promotes Kenora’s appeal to value-added manufacturers

Kenora Daily Miner and News
April 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Kenora has a brand new publication available to attract wood products companies and value-added entrepreneurs interested in locating their businesses in the city. The Kenora Value-Added Forestry sector profile outlines the city’s competitive advantages in practical terms relating to access to raw materials, markets, skilled workforce, location and transportation routes for shipping materials and products by road, rail or air.

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Log Export Business Will Benefit Newport and Lincoln County

Oregon Coast Daily News
April 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Despite the appeal of the Teevin Bros traffic impact study, the talks between Teevin and the port are continuing. The port terminal was re-built using a bond along with other money that was borrowed from the state to get the project completed. The idea was to fix up the dock for usage as a log export site to bring the port the additional revenue it needs to keep up with it’s infrastructure projects. Port of Newport manager Don Mann stated that this is why the dock was re-built.

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Tacoma civic and business leader George Weyerhaeuser Jr. dies

The News Tribune
April 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

George Weyerhaeuser Jr., scion of the family that founded the Federal Way-based timber products company that bears his name and a Tacoma civic and business leader in his own right, has died. Weyerhaeuser suffered a heart attack Sunday evening on his boat on Commencement Bay. …Meyer said Weyerhaeuser was a man who combined a passion for civic betterment with a keen business knowledge. “I think we have all benefited from his understanding and commitment,” said Meyer.

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Tax exemption approved for industry

Dailyleader
April 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Lincoln County supervisors have approved measures to grant free port tax exemption status for another local industry. In their Monday meeting, the board unanimously voted to allow an ad valorem tax exemption for Great Southern Wood, an 11-acre treated lumber plant located on Boyce Street. According to Lincoln County Tax Assessor/Collector Rita Goss, this year is the first time the company has applied for the exemption since opening its Brookhaven plant in 2010.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Independent look into WIDC needed: Dix

The Prince George Citizen
April 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The NDP will launch a full investigation into the procurement process surrounding the Wood Innovation and Design Centre but still plan to move ahead with the $25 million facility. During an exclusive interview with the Citizen on Monday, NDP leader Adrian Dix said the investigation would look to answer questions that have been swirling around the project in recent months. “I think people want to understand what happened,” Dix said.

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Environmentalists want feds to halt imports of Russian timber that endanger rare tigers

McClatchy Newspapers
April 16, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers who purchase hardwood floors and furniture products made with illegally cut Russian timber unwittingly may be damaging the last remaining habitat of the endangered and noble Amur tiger. These conclusions are spelled out in a detailed report being released Tuesday by the World Wildlife Fund. McClatchy obtained exclusively the U.S. edition of the troubling report.

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Forestry

Environmental group Canopy joins Greenpeace in backing out from pact with loggers

Globe and Mail
April 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Another environmental group has joined Greenpeace Canada in withdrawing from a fragile pact with the logging industry to protect Canada’s boreal forest. Vancouver-based Canopy said in a news release Wednesday that the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement has failed to protect any part of the lands covered under the agreement. “This collaboration with the logging industry was supposed to be a game-changer for the protection of species and conservation in Canada’s threatened Boreal forest,” said Canopy founder and executive director Nicole Rycroft. “The disappointing reality is that not one hectare of forest has been protected and species and ecosystems are still at risk.”

Click here for a press release from Canopy

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Keep Forests Healthy and Boost Timber Production

Woodworking Network
April 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is urging Congress to support draft legislation that would require the U.S. Forest Service to actively manage its commercial forest lands and increase timber production on federal lands. Unveiled by House Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), the legislation would help to ease lumber price volatility and keep the nation’s forests healthy, says NAHB.

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Sen. Mark Udall questions forest service chief about budget cuts, sequester

Colorado Springs Gazette
April 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, questioned U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell Tuesday about how the agency plans to grapple with budget cuts that could impact its ability to fight fire this season. The forest service expects to add next generation, or modernized air tankers, to its fleet this month, but will still have to deal with cuts to its fire suppression programs. In short, although it has yet to get seriously underway, wildfire season 2013 could be an expensive endeavor for the agency.

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Forest Service Chief Cites Restoration, Jobs, and Wildfire in Senate Budget Testimony

USDA Forest Service
April 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell highlighted the exceptional value that the Forest Service provides the American public in testimony today before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. In his testimony on the fiscal year 2014 budget request, Tidwell said the Forest Service is focusing its efforts on three key areas: restoring ecosystems, strengthening communities while providing jobs and managing wildland fires.

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Opportunities to learn about trees, forestry and forest health

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
April 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Do you own forestland? Hope to own a small parcel of it someday? Or just want to learn what goes into owning and caring for a wood lot of your own? DNR and the Washington State University Extension team up next month for a ‘Hands-On Forest Health Workshop’ in Glenwood. The Saturday, May 11, workshop will teach you the indicators of forest health and how to assess your forest’s health risks.

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Idaho Land Board approves more timber sales in 2014

Associated Press
April 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE — The board that oversees timber harvests on state land has approved a plan to increase tree cutting next year. The state Land Board on Tuesday approved a 2014 plan calling for harvesting 249 million board feet — the highest logging level in decades. Annual timber cutting on state endowment land has been fixed at 247 million board feet for several years. But the Spokesman-Review reports that next year’s plan includes a one-time adjustment due to various factors in certain regions of the state.

Land Board sets higher timber sale target for 2013 as prices improve from The Spokesman-Review

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Kenya can attain UN forest cover quota

Capital FM Kenya
April 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Green Belt Movement says Kenya can meet the United Nations requirement of 10 percent forest cover even before the set deadline of 2030, through concerted efforts from the government, corporate organisations and individuals. Executive director Pauline Kamau said an initiative where the private sector funds tree planting and the movement nurtures them for a period of three years before handing them over to the Kenya Forest Service has seen Kenya gradually reverse deforestation in the five water towers of Mt Kenya, the Aberdare Range, the Mau Complex, Mt Elgon and Cherangany Hills.

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Future of Tasmanian forestry deal uncertain

Sydney Morning Herald
April 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s forest peace deal has survived a rocky passage through the state’s upper house, leaving disappointed green groups to decide its fate. An attempt to kill outright a bill enacting the deal failed in the Legislative Council on Wednesday, and a heavily amended version passed 7-5. The council blocked the immediate protection of about 270,000 hectares – around half of the native forest proposed under the deal between industry and environment groups.

Forest Peace deal passes upper house from ABC News, Australia

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Ethiopia enlists help of forest communities to reverse deforestation

Despite taking years to establish the first projects, growth in forest cover and increasing incomes for the communities involved have enabled bigger schemes to begin
The Guardian
April 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

When the Ethiopian government realised that outright bans on cutting down trees failed to stop deforestation, it instead turned to a strategy based on enlisting the help of forest communities. The first participatory forest management schemes were piloted 15 years ago. Based on signs of success, PFM is being rolled out in larger areas.

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Tasmanian forest deal on edge again

TASMANIA’S forests peace deal is on a knife’s edge again after the state’s upper house voted to delay the creation of reserves.
The Australian
April 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environment groups who came to an historic agreement with the timber industry in November have said they would walk away if the Legislative Council moved to slow down the protection of forests. Under the deal for the state’s ailing forestry sector, more than 500,000 hectares of forest was to be protected in exchange for federal funding of around $200 million to restructure the industry.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The bark beetle blues

UCAR
April 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Forests across western North America have been ravaged for more than a decade by mountain pine beetles and other bark beetles in the continent’s most extensive such attacks on record. Scientists at NCAR and their colleagues at universities and federal labs are now getting a better handle on what comes next for the forests and what it means for Earth’s carbon cycle. The answers aren’t as straightforward as they expected.
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Wood waste energy helping drive forestry revenue

Companies expand capacity as bioenergy becomes a key bottom-line forest product
Business in Vancouver
April 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Once a green energy novelty, bioenergy has become a vital part of most forest companies’ bottom line. “There are stories of people who invested in bioenergy plants and if they hadn’t, they might not have made it through the recession,” said Michael Weedon, executive director of the BC Bioenergy Network. The forestry sector first got serious about bioenergy in the early 2000s. A decade later, bioenergy has become an essential part of the bottom lines of many businesses. The energy created from waste wood can be used to power sawmill or pulp and paper operations or sold to BC Hydro.

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Carbon trading: A multibillion-dollar boondoggle?

April 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

In a little over a decade, a new multibillion-dollar industry has grown out of the Kyoto Protocol to address climate change: the carbon market. It has spawned a number of brokers, including B.C.’s Offsetters Climate Solutions Inc., created through a merger of three offset brokers to become Canada’s largest. North American carbon markets alone are expected to double in value this year to $2.5 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Point Carbon, thanks to California’s introduction of a carbon cap-and-trade system.

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Database of Woody Biomass Energy Gets Upgraded, Expanded

Woodworking Network
April 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Greenville, SC – A three-year-old database of industrial and selected community-scale users of wood-to-energy facilities across North America has been updated and expanded, reports the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment). The improved site — www.wood2energy.org — is a searchable database open to anyone with interest in the state of wood-to-energy conversion at a national, state/provincial or local operating level.

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Why action on forests now is essential to all our futures

Saving forests offers a new route to alleviating hunger and malnutrition, promoting development and tackling climate change
The Guardian
April 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

While forests once provided subsistence for local people, for generations clearing forested land has also been good for global business, providing immediate food security for the world. Put simply, forests have been worth more dead than alive. As populations grow, emerging and industrialised countries are looking to the three great world forest regions – the Three Basins of the Congo, the Amazon and south-east Asia – for their growing resource needs.

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General

Carbon trading: A multibillion-dollar boondoggle?

April 17, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

In a little over a decade, a new multibillion-dollar industry has grown out of the Kyoto Protocol to address climate change: the carbon market. It has spawned a number of brokers, including B.C.’s Offsetters Climate Solutions Inc., created through a merger of three offset brokers to become Canada’s largest. North American carbon markets alone are expected to double in value this year to $2.5 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Point Carbon, thanks to California’s introduction of a carbon cap-and-trade system.

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