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Daily Archives: April 22, 2013

Business & Politics

Lumber producers angry over rail bottlenecks

Globe and Mail
April 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Canada’s lumber producers ought to be enjoying the fruits of a U.S. housing recovery. Trouble is, they can’t take full advantage of it. The forestry companies say that a shortage of rail cars is causing them to lose sales and market share, just as American demand for their products returns after a long, severe slump. The problems the companies say they face include irate customers threatening to impose penalties for late delivery; empty ships sitting uselessly in port for lack of lumber to move; and idled shipments that have to be stored under tents.

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Catalyst Paper president Kevin Clarke steps down from restructured company

Vancouver Sun
April 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After steering Catalyst Paper through a difficult restructuring, president and CEO Kevin Clarke will be stepping down, the company has announced. He leaves Catalyst much leaner and with a stronger balance sheet than when he arrived in 2010, but with a new board of directors largely named by its bondholders. With the restructuring completed, it’s time for a change in leadership, he told the new board.

Catalyst’s boss Kevin Clarke steps down after restructuring Crofton mill from the Cowichan News Leader

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Catalyst sparking electric-bill debate

by Les Leyne
(author unknown)
April 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Catalyst Paper will try next week to elbow its way in to the election campaign by presenting its electricity bill as a key coastal issue. Good luck with that. It’s important to the company, but it’s a sensitive, tricky issue and it’s probably not one that Premier Christy Clark and Opposition leader Adrian Dix want to dwell on. Catalyst CEO Kevin Clarke announced this week that he’s leaving the post in June. He plans to go out with one more political push, similar to the one staged when he was fighting through creditor protection last year and looking for government help.

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Domtar warns union about picketing through layoffs

April 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Domtar issued a letter this month to the union representing employees warning that any picket in conjunction with layoffs will be met with legal action. The letter comes as a group of about 80 workers trickles out of the pulp mill this week through Sunday for the final time. Charlie Fraser, president of CEP Local 10b, said the majority of workers affected by closure of the mill’s A line will be finished at Domtar by Monday.

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Training needed for rebounding forest industry

Nanaimo News Bulletin
April 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

An industry that once formed the backbone of the Island economy is making a comeback, and Dwight Yochim, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association, is touring the coast with the message that there will be plenty of good jobs in the future and the framework for skills training needs to be built now. Yochim is meeting with mayors and councils, schools, TLA members and other stakeholders from Nanaimo to Port Hardy this week in an effort to promote the logging industry and the career opportunities it will offer in the future.

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Mill money may help union negotiations

Western Star
April 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The three unions under the umbrella of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper that are still without new collective agreements continue to make progress, and the revelation that government has put aside as much as $90 million for the company may not hurt that process.

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Who must go without?

Loggers say paper mill crucial to forest industry
Western Star
April 20, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

For Fred Osmond, the math is quite simple. If Corner Brook Pulp and Paper closes, it would be all but impossible to continue operating Burton’s Cove Logging and Lumber, the second largest integrated sawmill in Newfoundland and Labrador. For Kevin Whiffen, who worked at the paper mill in Grand Falls-Windsor for 33 years until it was shut down for good in 2008, the math is not that difficult either.

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Newsprint analyst calls $90M loan ‘risky venture’

Mason says market for newsprint in North America is ‘abysmal’
CBC.ca
April 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

While Corner Brook city officials and former mill workers in central Newfoundland are optimistic about a multi-million dollar loan for Corner Brook Pulp and Paper — a newsprint analyst is calling the loan a risky venture. Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall announced on Wednesday that the mill will receive $90 million from the province to help keep it operating.

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Rough and Ready: The Other Story

NBC
April 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Today, as the last saw mill in Josephine and Jackson county announces it’s plans to close, some residents are sharing the other side of the story: one they say includes political manipulation, mis-management, and contamination. For some, the news that Rough and Ready Lumber in Cave Junction is going out of business threw up a red flag. Residents fear the threat to close is a ploy to gain access to more timber.

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Local wood products industry sees upswing

Booming construction is forging more jobs in the wood products industry
The Register-Guard
April 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Inside three adjacent buildings at Lanz Cabinets in west Eugene, workers are churning out hundreds of cabinets a day for apartments and homes, from Seattle to San Diego. Cabinet orders, especially for apartments, are growing, so the 300-employee company is growing, too. The company is hiring, and it recently broke ground on an 18,000-square-foot addition.

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Slow growth seen in timber market

The Spokesman-Review
April 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BOISE – Idaho’s state Land Board has approved a timber sale plan for 2014 that calls for harvesting 249 million board feet from state endowment lands, the highest logging level in more than a decade. The timber cut has been fixed at 247 million board feet for the last several years, but next year’s includes a one-time adjustment that bumps it up by 2 million. In 2002, the state’s timber sale plan volume was less than 175?million board feet.

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In China, McDonnell, delegation push for allowing poultry, log exports

Richmond Times Dispatch
April 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Virginia leaders on a trade trip to China said Friday they hope this latest push for the nation to lift its bans on poultry and log exports from Virginia will at last be successful. China instituted a ban on importing poultry from Virginia six years ago, a move that has blocked exports estimated to be valued at between $10 million to $15 million a year.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Is ‘green’ enough of a quality to give Cascades the edge?

Globe and Mail
April 22, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Last month, the Quebec-based Les Affaires and TREBORA Conseil awarded its Green CEO Hommage award for promoting sustainable development to Cascades’ founding trio, the brothers Lemaire. But with competition from companies in emerging and U.S. markets, can Cascades’s emphasis on its green mandate give it enough of an edge? …It was not popular to be green or to recycle when the company started in 1964. “Most of the paper companies were virgin,” he said, referring to products made directly from newly cut timber.

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Forestry

Canada boreal forest pact is still alive: Forest Products Association of Canada

Toronto Star
April 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada says the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement is alive and kicking despite two environmental agencies opting out of it. “We are focused on delivering results,” said Mark Hubert, a spokesperson for the association. “We want to improve conservation… the forests have our unwavering support. If two organizations have taken a different path, it will not change the path of the other signatories.”

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Loggers’ convention open to the public

Vernon Morning Star
April 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry is still a major economic driver in B.C. but there’s little public awareness of what goes on in the woods. That’s why the public is invited to attend the Interior Logging Association’s trade show Friday and Saturday at the Vernon Curling Club. “We want people to see what’s going on in the log harvest industry,” said Wayne Lintott, general manager of the Vernon-based ILA.

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Truck loggers exec has Grove questions

Alberni Valley Times
April 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Where is the boundary for Cathedral Grove? That is a question Truck Loggers Association executive director Dwight Yochim wants an answer for. Yochim, who represents more than 15,000 employees – anyone who touches a log in the logging process – was in the Alberni Valley Wednesday visiting with the project-based learning program of Alberni District Secondary School at its woodlot near the airport. The Truck Loggers Association provided funding for that program to continue running at Alberni District Secondary School.

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Hamilton moving ahead with ash-tree removal plan

Hamilton Spectator
April 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A controversial plan to cut down thousands of ash trees across the city is ready to roll. The city is looking for a contractor who will cut down and replace thousands of ash trees every year to prevent a predicted mass die-off linked to a deadly beetle. The emerald ash borer, which is native to Asia, was transported to North America in the 1990s and is slowly destroying millions of trees in Ontario.

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Gov’ts support heritage plan

Chronicle Journal
April 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

An effort to protect a large portion of the boreal forest is getting joint support from two provincial governments.  Ministers from Ontario and Manitoba announced on Friday they have entered a memorandum of understanding to help with First Nations-led efforts to help protect and manage the proposed Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project. The project is being led by five First Nations communities to create a UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles Manitoba and Ontario and the first such site in the boreal forest.

Click here for a press release from Government of Ontario

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Report: Pine beetles still pose hazard to MT forests

KAJ18 Kalispell Montana News
April 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A recently released report that details the health of Montana’s forests in 2012, focuses on insect and disease activity. The results show that while the mountain pine beetle is declining when it comes to actual new acres affected, there are still over 600,000 new acres that have been identified as having pine beetle, or other insect activity.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Routt entering new era of forest restoration

Steamboat Pilot & Today
April 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For more than a decade, Routt National Forest managers have directed much of their attention to the mountain pine beetle epidemic that has resulted in mortality of mature pine species across approximately 4 million acres in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. Consequently, most of our forest management work has been focused on actions to reduce or remove the most pressing threats to public health and safety.

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Forest project mixes jobs restoration timber cut

Associated Press
April 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service has released a draft impact statement for a restoration project in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in northern Idaho intended to make the forest more resistant to fire, insects, disease and climate change. The recently released plan calls for a mix of timber harvest, prescribed fire, road obliteration and culvert replacement in a 44,000-acre area 5 miles southeast of Kooskia.

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Forest Service announces plan to log, burn 44000 acres in north Idaho

The Missoulian
April 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service has released a draft impact statement for a restoration project in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in northern Idaho intended to make the forest more resistant to fire, insects, disease and climate change. The recently released plan calls for a mix of timber harvest, prescribed fire, road obliteration and culvert replacement in a 44,000-acre area 5 miles southeast of Kooskia.

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Letter from western governors a misguided, muddled attempt to hijack national forest management

Let science, not politics, guide forest management
Summit County Citizens Voice
April 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

. …It would be great if the agency had the resources to do targeted science-based restoration, but once again, the governors fail to recognize the root of the problem. The reason the Forest Service has to spend so much money on firefighting is because state and local governments have failed miserably when it comes to managing development on private lands adjacent to national forests — where fire, insects and disease are all natural parts of the landscape.

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Bullock lauds state forest management, pushes feds to emulate Montana efforts

Helena Independent Record
April 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock told a room full of foresters and landowners Friday that federal land managers could learn some important lessons from the state when it comes to timber. Bullock noted that 19 governors from Western states sent a letter this week to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging him to expand public/private partnerships to lessen environmental stresses on federal forested lands throughout the West.

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Study: Forest fires impact in billions; Thinning efforts could cut losses

FireEngineering.com
April 19, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

When forest fires ravage hundreds of thousands of New Mexico acres, forcing evacuations and shuttering businesses, the economic impact on forest towns and surrounding areas is generally assessed only through the tax dollars spent on extinguishing the blaze. Taxpayers spent a little less than $20 million, for example, on the Little Bear Fire in Ruidoso that destroyed hundreds of structures in 2012. And the Whitewater-Baldy Fire, the largest fire in recorded New Mexico history, cost around $23 million.

Forest fires’ real cost tops $1 billion from Albuquerque Business First

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A Better Forest

Corning Leader (blog)
April 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

I am often asked, “Shouldn’t the larger trees be cut to allow the smaller trees to grow?” In an Even-aged forest the answer is NO. Cutting all the dominant and co-dominat trees and leaving the smaller intermediate and suppressed trees results in a forest with an inferior seed source and trees that will only grow on average at half or less then the rate of the dominant and co-dominant trees. Different scientific forest management practices are utilized for Even-aged and Uneven-aged forest.

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City prepares for ash tree decimation

Wausau Daily Herald
April 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The shady ash trees that line the sidewalks of Wausau or stand in peoples’ backyards likely will be dead in the next few years. The city’s forester is preparing for a deadly beetle, the emerald ash borer, to infest and eventually kill the 5,500 ash trees that grow near the city’s streets. The beetle has hit many Midwestern states killing roughly 100 million trees in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio.

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UN Endorses Improvement of Sustainable Forest Management

Forests: UN Forum Endorses Measures to Improve Sustainable Forest Management
Scoop Independent News
April 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The United Nations Forum on Forests concluded its tenth session in Istanbul in the early hours of Saturday after agreeing on a series of measures to improve the sustainable management of forests, and deciding to consider setting up a voluntary global fund to support this endeavour. The Forum, which met for the first time away from UN Headquarters in New York, adopted two resolutions as it wrapped up its two-week session, one on forests and economic development — the main theme of the session — and the other on financing.

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UN-Backed Partnership Helps Kenyans Protect Forests

Feature: UN-Backed Partnership Helps Kenyans Protect Forests, Improve Livelihoods
Scoop Independent News
April 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A United Nations-backed project in Kenya is protecting forests and wildlife, as well as providing alternative livelihoods, and offers valuable lessons on how governments and the private sector can successfully work together for the betterment of communities and the environment. The project is run through the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, which seeks to create financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions and invest in low-carbon technologies to sustainable development.

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Britain’s ancient Pontfadog oak felled by windstorm

Globe and Mail
April 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

It stood for more than 1,000 years and once served as a rallying point for a Welsh army that defeated England’s King Henry II in 1157. But now one of the oldest oak trees in Europe has died, brought down in a wind storm. The big oak dated back to at least 802 and some say it was planted when Romans still lived in Britain. It had been a fixture on a farm near Pontfadog, a village in northern Wales, and regularly drew visitors from around the world. It came crashing down early Thursday morning during heavy gusts of wind.

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General

Domtar warns union about picketing through layoffs

April 22, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Domtar issued a letter this month to the union representing employees warning that any picket in conjunction with layoffs will be met with legal action. The letter comes as a group of about 80 workers trickles out of the pulp mill this week through Sunday for the final time. Charlie Fraser, president of CEP Local 10b, said the majority of workers affected by closure of the mill’s A line will be finished at Domtar by Monday.

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