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Daily Archives: April 23, 2013

Business & Politics

Exporters’ patience rewarded

Star Phoenix
April 19, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

As amazing as it is that Saskatchewan’s export grew to $32.6 billion in 2012, a 10.3 per cent increase that places us ahead of British Columbia for the first time, it’s not the whole story. … In fact, 95 per cent of Saskatchewan exports came from five categories: oil, natural gas and coal, $11 billion; grains, oilseeds, livestock, and other meats, $11.2 billion; potash, $6 billion; manufacturing, lumber and wood products, $1 billion; and uranium, $600 million.

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Lakeland workers and families set to mark one year mill explosion

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

With tomorrow marking the one year anniversary of the Lakeland Mills explosion, many workers and their families are still feeling the effects of the explosion. It was on May 23, 2012 that the blast happened causing the death of two workers Alan Little and Glenn Roche and leaving 150 workers unemployed. Pierre Indaburu, brother-in-law to Roche says it has been a tough year for his family.

Workers remember night of blast from the Prince George Citizen

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B.C. forestry sector split on NDP platform

April 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The two distinct associations that represent B.C.’s coastal and Interior forest industries are split in their reception of the NDP’s forestry platform, which was revealed April 15. The plan’s increased forest management funding and reintroduction of the job protection commissioner irked Rick Jeffery, president and CEO of the Coastal Forest Products Association. But Doug Routledge, president of the Council of Forest Industries (COFI), which represents companies operating in the Interior, said the platform showed that the B.C. NDP had been listening to his industry’s concerns.

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Embattled Catalyst Paper loses CEO Kevin Clarke

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

The CEO who steered Richmond-based Catalyst Paper through the toughest three years in its history is stepping down. Kevin Clarke will leave the pulp and paper company in June. Clarke was at the helm of the company as it struggled under $800 million in debt through 2012, sold off assets in Canada and the United States and relisted on the TSX.

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Legal process ‘ongoing’ for Sinclar Group

Prince George Citizen
April 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Sinclar Group president Greg Stewart declined to comment Monday about the possible cause of the massive explosion and fire that destroyed the mill, killed two workers and injured numerous others. In a statement, Stewart said finding those answers is ultimately up to WorksafeBC and its investigators conducted interviews with all employees who were presumably were given the opportunity to provide their opinions. “But as you know, WorkSafeBC has not released the results of its investigation,” Stewart said. “Not knowing conclusively the cause of the explosion, we can’t speculate on what more might have been done to prevent it.”

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Corporations fill Liberal coffers

by Gordon Hoekstra – Since 2005, businesses have showered the party with $46 million
Vancouver Sun
April 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The top donors to the B.C. Liberal Party in the past decade are a well-heeled corporate coterie. …B.C.-based forestry giant West Fraser at No. 4, gave $656,325, and global miner Goldcorp contributed $565,700 in fifth spot. …West Fraser says it has donated to the Liberals because they have provided “sound and consistent” forest policies. …West Fraser’s vice-president of finance, Larry Hughes, said the Liberals were particularly helpful with provincial timber pricing during the softwood lumber trade dispute with the United States.

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Western Forest Products promotes president to CEO

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

Western Forest Products Inc. has promoted Don Demens to chief executive officer, the latest in a series of positions with the Vancouver-based lumber producer. The announcement comes as Western Forest reports the highest sales in its history last year, $925.4-million, amid improved market conditions. In the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, Western Forest had $231.2-million in revenue and $14.6-million in net income or three cents per share.

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Wilson Equipment under new ownership

The construction, mining and forestry equipment dealership has been purchased by a group of about 30 investors led by Bill Sanford, the former CEO of Bluewave Energy, and executive recruiter and entrepreneur Jim Wilson of Halifax.
Daily Business Buzz
April 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A long-standing family owned heavy equipment dealership here has changed hands. Wilson Equipment Ltd., a Komatsu construction, mining and forestry equipment dealership, has been purchased by a group of about 30 investors led by Bill Sanford, the former CEO of Bluewave Energy, and executive recruiter and entrepreneur Jim Wilson of Halifax, who founded Career Beacon, Canada’s first bilingual recruitment website.

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Layoffs ahead at Resolute pulp mill

Chronicle Journal
April 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products is to lay off 110 workers at its Thunder Bay newsprint plant for two weeks starting Wednesday. In general, market analysts are expecting demand for Canadian newsprint and pulp to be negatively affected by slowing economic growth in China. That could be offset, analysts say, by new markets in Asia and Latin American, as well as an improving U.S. economy.

CEP Local 39 – Enough is Enough from the NetNewsLedger

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International Paper’s Xpedx, Unisource to Explore Merger

Bloomberg Businessweek
April 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

International Paper Co. (IP), the world’s largest maker of office paper, is in talks about combining its xpedx unit with Bain Capital’s Unisource Worldwide Inc. to form the biggest distributor of office and copier paper. A deal may be in the form of a so-called Reverse Morris Trust in which International Paper would contribute xpedx’s assets, the Memphis, Tennessee-based company said today in a statement.

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Swoon in lumber price splinters U.S. housing stocks

Globe and Mail
April 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

A steep downdraft in lumber prices in recent days has spooked equity investors who are bullish on market-leading U.S. housing stocks. The sustainability of a recovery in the U.S. housing market is far more questionable than it was a week ago. Stronger housing starts and home price data have pushed the S&P Homebuilder Index higher by 40.6 per cent since August 2012. The commodity price for lumber has climbed alongside it as demand increased.

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Boise Cascade reports strong first quarter

Idaho Statesman
April 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Boise Cascade reported a net income of $12.2 million in its first quarter of public trading, well above the $1.7 million the company reported after the first quarter of 2012. The Boise-based building supply had a total net income of $80.8 million, though $68.7 million was from an income tax benefit associated with becoming going public in February. …Profits were driven by a rebound in the building industry. Sales in the company’s Wood Products division increased 62 percent from the first quarter in 2012.

Boise Cascade 1Q earnings jump on tax benefit from the Associated Press
Boise Cascade Q1 Profit Surges on Tax Gain from NASDAQ

Click here for a press release from Boise Cascade

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Forestry Ministry to reopen log export market to boost price

Jakarta Post
April 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Forestry Ministry is deliberating the reopening of the export market for logs after a request from the Association of Indonesian Forest Concessionaires, which complained about the current low price of logs and the limited markets available. Logs from industrial forests are currently priced at US$30 per cubic meter — compared to the regional price of $80 per cubic meter — as local production only circulates in the domestic market, making the price uncompetitive.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Green Globes ® – A Practical, Web-based Alternative to LEED

The Data Center Journal
April 22, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

The mission of the Green Building Initiative is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that create energy efficient, healthy, and environmentally sustainable buildings. To further the mission, the GBI brought the Green Globes assessment and certification system to the U.S. in 2004. The GBI is the exclusive provider of Green Globes for new and existing buildings in the U.S. Green Globes is a web-based program for commercial buildings that includes on-site building assessment by a GBI authorized third-party assessor.

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Forestry

Treekeepers program encourages Vancouver residents to help grow urban forest

Vancouver Sun
April 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver’s David Tracey has a challenge for anyone who’s ever admired the sight of pink cherry blossoms falling like snow across the urban landscape or savoured the crisp taste of an apple plucked from a branch, not a grocery cart. … Beginning this week, Tree City, a non-profit organization headed by Tracey, is offering up to 500 trees for purchase at subsidized rates to residents and business owners in six urban neighbourhoods, including Marpole, Renfrew-Collingwood, the Downtown Eastside, West End, Grandview-Woodland and Mount Pleasant.

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Meeting to discuss forestry funding

Truro Daily News
April 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MILLBROOK – Forestry funding will be on the agenda when the Nova Scotia Silviculture Contractors Association (NSSCA) meets with provincial government officials here on Friday. In a news release, David McMillan, president of the NSSCA, said the government promised “positive changes” for the silviculture industry in Canada last year, but no funding has yet been released.

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Forest Service Releases Plans For Replanting Burn Areas

KCSR
April 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The US Forest Service released scoping documents today regarding a three-year reforestation project on the Pine Ridge Ranger District to plant ponderosa pine seedlings within two areas burned by last summer’s unprecedented wildfires. Planting will be done on the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands near Round Top, approximately 11 miles north of Crawford, and in Roberts Tract, approximately 17 miles southwest of Chadron.

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Comstock Woodlands named nation’s best logger

St. John Valley Times
April 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Comstock Woodlands of Hampden, which has ties to Fort Kent, was named the 2013 National Outstanding Logger by the Forest Resources Association at its April 19 Annual Awards Luncheon in Jacksonville, Fla. The Forest Resources Association Inc., based in Washington D.C, is a nonprofit trade association concerned with the safe, efficient, and sustainable harvest of forest products and their transport from woods to mill.

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Non-profit wants to clone the world’s oldest trees to reforest the planet

Treehugger
April 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Here’s a catch 22 for you: Let’s say that some trees have great genes that allow them to live for millennia and grow to be almost as big as skyscrapers, but that because they are so big, they are ideal targets for lumberjacks so they almost all get cut down … The folks at the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive think this is a tragedy, and they want to try to undo the damage as much as possible by, first, creating a genetic library of as many tree “success stories” as possible … and then cloning them to repopulate forests around the world with these proven super-trees.

Genetically reproduced clones of ancient trees planted in California from the RT

Cloning takes California’s ancient redwood trees abroad from the Associated Press

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UK and state partnering to restore bottomland hardwoods

The Lane Report
April 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Bottomland hardwoods ecosystems are some of Kentucky’s most biologically diverse and productive forests. The University of Kentucky Department of Forestry Extension and the Kentucky Division of Forestry are partnering on an initiative to restore bottomland hardwoods in Western Kentucky. The goals of the initiative are to plant more bottomland hardwood trees, increase forestmanagement of bottomland hardwood forests and improve wildlife habitats andwatershed health.

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Rogue traders cashing in on ash tree-killing disease in new scam

Warwickshire households targeted by dodgy tree surgeons claiming their gardens could be at risk
Birmingham Mail
April 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Rogue traders are targeting householders in Warwickshire in a scam where crooks are trying to cash in on a tree-killing disease. Britain’s 80 million ash trees are at deadly risk from a virulent fungal disease that has swept across Europe. Outbreaks of ash dieback, have been found at 427 sites in across Great Britain, according to the Forestry Commission.

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Forest peace negotiators meet in Melbourne

Key players in Tasmania’s forest peace deal will meet in Melbourne today to determine their position after the state’s Upper House made major changes to the agreement.
ABC NewsAustralian
April 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Signatories to the deal will discuss whether they can accept changes made by the Legislative Council including delaying the creation of reserves. Premier Lara Giddings has recalled Parliament for an extra sitting day next week to allow the House of Assembly to debate the amended legislation. The move gives signatories two weeks to consider the changes.

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Fourth death in forestry

First Union
Scoop Independent News
April 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

As Workers Memorial Day approaches this Sunday, a union in the wood sector is warning that little is being learned from the spate of deaths in our forests. Yesterday a 23 year old forestry worker died near Waitara in Taranaki. He was the fourth worker to die this year. Rawiri Daniels, Wood Secretary for FIRST Union, said the union extended its sympathy to the family of the worker. He said FIRST Union was deeply concerned about the recent deaths in forestry, and supported the Council of Trade Unions’ call for a full inquiry into forest safety.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Scrap carbon trust, NDP leader says

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
April 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

NDP leader Adrian Dix chose Earth Day to announce his party’s plan to “dissolve” the Pacific Carbon Trust, and put carbon offset payments from government operations back into energy efficiency projects. Schools, hospitals and Crown corporations would still pay millions for emissions from their fossil fuel use, Dix announced Monday in Kamloops. The NDP would also redirect $120 million from the carbon tax on fuels “to fight climate change in both urban and rural areas,” Dix said.

A provincial NDP government would kill the Pacific Carbon Trust from the Victoria Times Colonist

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Woodland Carbon Code passes milestone as first group scheme is validated

Forestry Commission News
April 22, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

An important milestone in efforts to promote woodland planting to combat climate change has been reached with the first award of Woodland Carbon Code group scheme validation. The Woodland Carbon Code is a voluntary United Kingdom standard which helps to ensure that ‘carbon forestry’ projects really do deliver the carbon benefits which their promoters claim.

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General

B.C. forestry sector split on NDP platform

April 23, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

The two distinct associations that represent B.C.’s coastal and Interior forest industries are split in their reception of the NDP’s forestry platform, which was revealed April 15. The plan’s increased forest management funding and reintroduction of the job protection commissioner irked Rick Jeffery, president and CEO of the Coastal Forest Products Association. But Doug Routledge, president of the Council of Forest Industries (COFI), which represents companies operating in the Interior, said the platform showed that the B.C. NDP had been listening to his industry’s concerns.

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