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Daily Archives: April 18, 2013

Business & Politics

Burns Lake buys Canoe sawmill equipment

Salmon Arm Observer
April 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sawmill equipment from Canoe Forest Products Ltd. now resides in Burns Lake. Rick Scott, chief financial officer of Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. which took over Federated Co-operatives forest products operation in Canoe last year, confirmed that about half the sawmill equipment has been sold. “The majority of it went to Babine Forest Products in Burns Lake,” Scott said, noting it will be used to replace equipment that burned during the sawmill fire of January 2012.

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Analytics reviving Canada’s forest industry

Troy Media
April 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON, AB, – Analytics is not a new practice for the forestry industry, although breakthroughs in analytics technologies over the last five years are making rapid transformations in forestry sustainability and how the industry operates. According to Tom Grabowski, president and CEO of The Silvacom Group, a consulting and technology solutions service that has been serving the forestry industry for 30 years, advancements in analytics are rejuvenating the sector.

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Point Tupper mill links with peers

TheChronicleHerald.ca
April 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Since roaring back to life in October, the Port Hawkesbury Paper LP mill has reached out to provincial sawmills and pulp mills in an effort to create viable economic conditions. Marc Dube, the Point Tupper mill’s development manager, said that an important aspect of creating a vibrant innovation ecosystem is collaborating effectively with all interested parties, and in that respect, the mill and its partners are achieving that.

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Marshall defends $90-million loan for Corner Brook paper mill

Finance minister says questions about money ‘jeopardize’ Corner Brook mill’s future
The Telegram
April 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall elaborated in the House of Assembly this afternoon on a $90-million loan to assist Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd. “Corner Brook Pulp and Paper is a key employer and a strong contributor to our economy. The mill is important not only to the west coast, but the entire province. Government has clearly stated that we will provide support only when negotiations for a new contract are concluded for all eight unions at the mill,” Marshall said.

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Update on restart at Kenora sawmill

KenoraOnline
April 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Workers in the forest industry continue to be encouraged by a resurgence in markets. Mill manager Rod McKay from Kenora Forest Products offers an update on their plans for a restart. “Well, we’re continuing along to get the restart going. We’ve had a few hiccups along the way we’re just trying to work through (to) make sure we have our wood supply lined up and some of our marketing issues put to bed…”

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Corner Brook Pulp and Paper gets $90-M government loan

CBC.ca
April 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tom Marshall, Newfoundland and Labrador’s natural resources minister, says a $90-million business fund announced in the provincial budget in March will go in its entirety to Corner Brook Pulp and Paper as a loan. Marshall told the House of Assembly on Wednesday that the $90-million loan to Kruger, the company which owns the mill, was a wise investment.

NL government gives $90-million loan to struggling Corner Brook Mill from The Canadian Press

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$90-M question answered

April 18, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The details are scanty, confusing and secret so far, but the provincial government said Wednesday it will give Corner Brook Pulp and Paper a loan of $90 million — probably. …“I am pleased to stand and inform this honourable House that the provincial government plans to assist Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd. with a $90-million loan,” Marshall said. But only an hour or so later, Premier Kathy Dunderdale told reporters it’s possible not all of the money will go to the Corner Brook mill, and until it’s all finalized, she won’t tell anybody what the terms of the financial agreement are.

Smart Cash? from The Western Star
A good investment from The Western Star

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Georgia-Pacific developing plans to invest in plywood, lumber operations

Demopolis Times
April 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Georgia-Pacific announced in March that it is developing plans for potential investments, which total nearly $400 million, in its plywood and lumber operations. These facility expansions and equipment upgrades will further strengthen the company’s commitment to meet customers’ needs in the building products industry. The company has approved funding for significant engineering and is evaluating facilities in a number of southern states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas.

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Millinocket leaders want reassurances that paper machine won’t be leaving

Bangor Daily News
April 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town leaders will seek reassurances that the No. 11 paper machine will stay in place at the inactive Katahdin Avenue mill when they meet with Cate Street Capital officials later this month, they said Wednesday. Town Council Chairman John Davis said that besides an update on the company’s plans, which usually comes once or twice annually, councilors hope to quell rumors about the machine’s permanence and introduce company officials to the town’s new manager, Peggy Daigle. No meeting date has been set.

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German Pellets to Build Second US Pellet Plant

IHB
April 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

German Pellets is further expanding its production capacities in North America. In Urania, a town in northern Louisiana, German Pellets will soon begin construction work on a new pellet production facility. The output will be about 1 million tonnes of wood pellets per year. Urania will be the German Pellets Group’s second North American site. In April a plant will open for production in Woodville, Texas.

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Pellervo Institute forecasts rising softwood lumber exports and selling prices for 2013

Lesprom Network
April 17, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The continuing poor economic situation in Europe will affect Finnish forest industry this year as well. However, the industry’s profitability will see an improvement from last year, predicts the Pellervo Economic Research Institute in Finland. Paper production in Finland will decline due to weak economic growth and permanently decreasing paper consumption in main markets. Sawnwood production will rise as a result of increasing export volumes outside Europe.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Hardwood Production: Slow Response to Higher Demand

woodworkingnetwork.com
April 17, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Rising demand from both domestic and international markets tightened supplies, pushed up prices, and kept hardwood markets stronger than many expected in the first quarter of 2013. Importantly, the U.S. hardwood lumber industry is much smaller than it was in the mid-2000s, and credit, personnel and logging infrastructure constraints continue to hamper a production response to higher demand.

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Forestry

Boreal forest agreement loses key player because of lack of results

Canadian Press
April 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – A key environmental group has pulled out of a national alliance with the forest industry that was meant to protect the boreal forest while restoring the sector’s international reputation for conservation….  Canopy executive director Nicole Rycroft says her group will instead pressure publishers and other key buyers of Canadian forest products to buy only from companies that commit to protecting large swaths of the boreal forest.

Forest conservation group withdraws from Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement from Business in Vancouver

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Forestry sector may lose native trees to climate change

UNB study predicts balsam fir, white spruce will decline by 2100
CBC News
April 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

 A new study that examines the impact of climate change on New Brunswick’s forestry sector says it appears the province will see a decline in some of its native species by the year 2100. The report out of the University of New Brunswick says the balsam fir and white spruce will likely decline over the next century when average temperatures climb, while species that adapted to southern regions, such as red spruce and red oak, will improve.

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EOMF celebrates 10-year anniversary

Wood Business
April 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Eastern Ontario Model Forest recently celebrated the 10 year anniversary of its Forest Certification Program. … In addition to accolades acknowledging the 10th Anniversary of this successful Program, the Rainforest Alliance presented Scott Davis, the EOMF’s Forest Certification Coordinator, with its third Five Year Forest Stewardship Council® Certificate along with a 10 Year commemorative plaque.

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If left untreated, say farewell to your ash tree

Ottawa Citizen
April 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The clock is ticking for Ontario’s ash trees. The ‘delete’ button was pressed a few years ago and within the next three to five years, all of the untreated ash will be history. The emerald ash borer has crept up from the mid-western States, arriving there about 15 years ago from Asia. It begins its nasty work very quickly, gnawing its way under the bark of ash (all Fraxinus species) until they are dead. In Ottawa, the total number of ash trees represents more than 20 per cent of the tree canopy.

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Environment: Can forest health be legislated?

Proposed Senate bill would require widespread national forest logging
Summit County Citizens Voice
April 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SUMMIT COUNTY — Federal land managers could get wider authority for more backcountry logging under a new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate by three western senators: Mark Udall (D-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Max Baucus (D-MT). The National Forest Insect and Disease Treatment Act is being pitched as a way to help Forest Service treat insect and disease epidemics and promote overall forest health. As drafted, it directs the agency to treat threatened watersheds while prioritizing preservation of old-growth and large trees when possible.

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Predator beetles to be released in southern Maine parks to fight other bugs

Bangor Daily News
April 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Wolfe’s Neck State Park has an unwanted visitor. It’s small, white, fluffy and likes trees, specifically hemlocks. So much so that it kills them. The hemlock woolly adelgid is a tiny, cotton-ball-looking insect that is attacking hemlock forests along Maine’s coast. In a move to subvert the invasive species, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has released 1,700 predator beetles at Wolfe’s Neck and two other state parks: Vaughan Woods in South Berwick and Ferry Beach in Saco.

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FORESTS: Investing in healthy forests vital for transition to green economy, UN says

UN News Centre
April 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Investing in healthy forests is not only vital for human and environmental well-being but also crucial in the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient green economy, says the United Nations Environment Programme. Over a billion people worldwide depend on forests for shelter, jobs, food, water, medicine and security. Forests also serve as carbon sinks and stabilize global climate, regulate water cycles and provide habitats for biodiversity while hosting a wide variety of genetic resources.

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Improving grazing and forest growth go hand in hand

Fraser Coast Chronicle
April 18, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

THERE are large areas of native hardwood forests throughout the region that are not being managed for maximum production. Bill Schulke, an extension officer with the Gympie-based Private Forest Services, said Queensland graziers could do much more to increase the quality and quantity of timber and also improve grazing in forest country. Mr Schulke was speaking at a Cows, Grass and Trees field day, where the emphasis was on the impacts of forest health, economics and grazing integration with forest practices.

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Parliament recalled over forestry bill

ABC News, Australia
April 17, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Tasmania’s Parliament will be recalled later this month to finalise legislation to enact the forest peace deal. The Legislative Council has significantly amended the bill, jeopardising the deal. It is unclear whether environment groups will accept the changes. Opposition Leader Will Hodgman postponed question time in a bid to force the Lower House to debate the contentious bill.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Carbon trust a sham that should be killed: Tories

Vancouver Sun
April 18, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Conservative Party says it is committed to shutting down the Pacific Carbon Trust, saying it wastes nearly $20 million in taxpayers’ dollars every year. Leader John Cummins calls the trust a corporate welfare system that takes money from important programs and services in B.C. to subsidize eco-friendly corporate projects. The leader says that in 2011, about 70 per cent of the government’s carbon offsets were purchased by school districts, hospitals and post-secondary institutions and he would rather see that money go back into education and health care.

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AHEC to demonstrate LCA profiling for US hardwoods at Interzum

IHB
April 17, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

It was at Interzum 2011 that AHEC first went public about its Life Cycle Assessment project which was undertaken to create accurate environmental profiles for American hardwoods. Two years on LCA will once again be a focal point of AHEC’s 2013 presence at Interzum, Cologne from 13th – 16th May. During the last two years LCA consultants, PE International, have been collecting fresh data from U.S. hardwood lumber and veneer companies to produce unique and accurate Life Cycle Inventories for all the main commercial U.S. hardwoods.

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Forest biomass is key to meet EU renewable energy targets

European Forest Institute
April 16, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A high-level science-policy seminar brought together a full house of leading forest policy scientists and decision makers last week at the European Parliament to discuss the “Opportunities and challenges in meeting renewable energy targets from forest biomass: an EU perspective” as well as the need for EU sustainability criteria for solid biomass. Forest bio-energy development offers good opportunities to mobilize the production potential of European forests and to contribute to a more climate friendly bio-based economy.

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General

Next step for O&C lands

Hearings can help move toward consensus
The Register-Guard
April 17, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

The 14 county commissioners, environmentalists and timber industry representatives who made up Gov. John Kitzhaber’s O&C Lands Panel were surprisingly upbeat when they delivered their report last week. Sen. Ron Wyden, in his new position as chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, should recognize the panel’s work as a good beginning toward a consensus on management of the O&C lands, and convene hearings in pursuit of further progress.

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Forest exports at risk over certification non compliance

Voxy
April 18, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

New Zealand’s forest exports are being put risk as the industry continues to drag the chain on a key aspect of its certification, a union for workers in the wood industries says. …And as a two-month round of safety briefings for forestry workers gets underway in Kaitaia today, FIRST Union is warning that the continued barriers being put in the way of forestry workers accessing union advice and support will not only have a counterproductive effect on workplace safety, but also put forestry’s critical certification at risk.

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