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Daily Archives: April 24, 2013

Business & Politics

CN CEO says railway is not the bad guy for delayed forest product shipments

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

Canadian National Railway is firing back at the forest products industry over a rail bottleneck that companies say is preventing them from cashing in on recovering housing and other markets in the U.S. and abroad. CEO Claude Mongeau said CN had increased the number of rail cars that were earmarked to carry timber and other wood products by 11 per cent, but all that rolling stock was slowed by a harsh, snowy winter. Mongeau said it is wrong to paint the railways as the villain for the delays.

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Rally in lumber stocks on solid foundation

Globe and Mail
April 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Lumber and timber stocks have surged in anticipation of a U.S. housing recovery, but some market observers suggest the forestry party isn’t over. A U.S. housing rebound is not yet in full swing, but other trends are helping to drive commodity prices and their stocks higher. Demand in China is growing briskly for North American lumber, but supply is getting tighter because of the destruction of trees by the B.C. mountain pine beetle, harvesting cutbacks in Quebec and the closing of sawmills in recent years.

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Resolute Forest Products to raise US$600 million to repay other debt

Canadian Press
April 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. said Wednesday it has made a private offering of US$600 million in senior notes due 2023 that will be used to repay other debt. The money raised will be used to repay the company’s $501.2 million senior secured notes due 2018, which pay 10.25 per cent interest annually. The company is offering to pay $1,166.94 per $1,000 of principal in the 2018 notes.

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Unions dominate list of NDP’s biggest donors

Vancouver Sun
April 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

…Steve Hunt, Western Canada director for the United Steelworkers – the NDP’s fourth-biggest donor at $1 million – said his 40,000 members in mining and forestry hope an NDP government puts more resources into keeping struggling sawmills open and reduces the reliance on foreign workers in B.C. mines. But while Hunt said he expects a more sympathetic ear from an NDP government than a Liberal one, his union doesn’t expect to get everything it wants.

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B.C. should maximize value-added opportunities

Letter by Margaret Nyland
Campbell River Mirror
April 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Did I read it correctly? “B.C.’s mills are always the preferred destination for our timber and together we produce world-class value-added forest products.” (Liberal candidate Nick Facey, April 19 issue, Mirror)  If B.C. mills are the preferred destination for timber grown on public lands why, in 2003, did the Liberals remove the requirement to first offer logs to B.C. mills leaving the surplus to be exported?

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Clark cruises through Nanaimo on central Island tour

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

…“Forestry has huge prospects for Vancouver Island, and not just in the traditional way we think of forestry,” Clark told the News Bulletin in the bakery’s kitchen. “We’re investing in more research and innovation, in wood fibre and different ways to use fibre, so we can see some real innovative businesses come out of the forest sector here.” …Touching back on forestry, Clark said raw log exports will remain a reality until markets, including the U.S. housing and commercial markets, pick up again.

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APA Releases 2013 Market Outlook

Woodworking Network
April 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

The small but positive uptick in the economy and residential construction closed 2012 on an optimistic note for the first time since the recession began, and that slow-but-steady growth is expected to continue through 2013. With indicators pointing to rising housing starts through the year and into 2014, APA-The Engineered Wood Association predicts a second straight year of growth in all four of the wood product sectors it represents.

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Potlatch Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

Wall Street Journal
April 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Potlatch Corporation today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. “We are off to a very strong start in 2013 as first quarter results exceeded our expectations,” said Michael Covey, chairman and chief executive officer of Potlatch Corporation. “The strength in our Wood Products operations in 2012 carried over into 2013, as lumber prices continued to strengthen in the first quarter despite lower demand due to poor winter weather in much of the country.

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Va. opens ag, forestry trade office in Shanghai

Associated Press
April 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia is opening a trade office in Shanghai to increase agricultural and forestry sales to China, the state’s largest export customer. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the opening Tuesday as he continues a trade and marketing mission to Asia. China purchased nearly $640 million in agricultural goods last year from Virginia. McDonnell said the Shanghai office is in China’s economic and commercial capital. He said only North Carolina has a dedicated agricultural trade office in China. North Carolina’s office is in Beijing.

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Jordan Forest Products Invests More Than $1.4 Million To Expand Biscoe, North Carolina, Operations Center

Area Development Online
April 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Jordan Forest Products, a wood products manufacturing company, will invest more than $1.4 million to expand its production facility in Biscoe, North Carolina. The company plans to create 31 jobs in Montgomery County during the next three years. Jordan Forest Products, an affiliate of Jordan Lumber and Supply, has become one of the most respected mills on the East Coast and one of the largest privately-owned lumber companies in the country, the Governor Pat McCrory’s Office said.

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Paper firm Stora Enso cuts costs to combat demand drop

Reuters
April 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Finnish paper maker Stora Enso on Tuesday revealed plans to save 200 million euros ($261 million) a year, taking more radical action than in the past to cope with falling paper demand due to a shift in the print media to online publishing. Stora Enso, Europe’s No 2 paper maker, along with rivals such as UPM-Kymmene has been battling falling demand and prices due to Europe’s recession, which has accelerated a shift from traditional media to digital devices.

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Log exports threaten RI forests

Jakarta Post
April 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The government’s plan to extend the moratorium on forest clearance may prove pointless as it also plans to restart log exports, a move activists say will only make illegal logging more rampant. Forestry Ministry secretary-general Hadi Daryanto said on Tuesday that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was considering extending the moratorium, which will expire on May 20.

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New forestry body to form strategic blueprint

ABC News, Australia
April 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A new state forestry board will provide advice and recommendations to the South Australian Government about future strategic needs. The Minister for Forests, Gail Gago, has appointed a seven-member South Australian Forest Industry Advisory Board, which includes south-east representative Ian McDonnell. It replaces the Roundtable and the Development Industry Board.

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Lack of Economic Freedom Standing in the Way of Halting Indonesia’s Forestry Woes

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

In a recent response, Craig Miller begged to differ on a number of points I had raised in a Feb. 2013 Jakarta Globe article titled “Why Continuing to Work Against the Market Does Little to Protect Indonesia’s Forests.” In a nutshell, I argued that a recent decision by the Indonesian paper giant Asian Pulp and Paper to desist from cutting down trees in natural forests would not likely result in less deforestation because of the well-known problem of corruption in the Indonesian forestry sector and the rising demand for paper products worldwide.

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NZ Super Fund sells forest blocks

Stuff.co.nz
April 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has sold 11 North Island forestry blocks, with most going to a Chinese log importer. The fund says its forestry portfolio is still worth more than $1 billion. General manager of investments Matt Whineray said the block was sold to free up funds so the fund could invest in domestic and international opportunities. …The 11 forestry blocks, comprising about 14,000 hectares, have been
predominantly sold to the China National Forest Products Trading
Corporation, a subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned firm.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

FPInnovations Publishes Guide for Designing Energy-Efficient Building Enclosures

FPInnovations
April 22, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia  – FPInnovations responds to the rapidly changing energy-efficiency requirements for buildings across Canada and the United States by publishing the Guide for Designing Energy-Efficient Building Enclosures for Wood-Frame Multi-Unit Residential Buildings in Marine to Cold Climate Zones in North America in collaboration with RDH Building Engineering Ltd., the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO), Branch of BC Housing, and the Canadian Wood Council (CWC).

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Unity Homes: Pushing the boundaries of home building

Brattleboro Reformer
April 23, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

… I believe that this Walpole, N.H., company is on the cutting edge of home building today, with its focus on energy performance, building science, green building, and (relative) affordability… For those not familiar with Tedd, he is responsible… for the emergence of the modern timber framing movement some four decades ago. Initially to save money, Tedd and his brother Steve used timbers salvaged from old barns in 1973 to build a workshop in Alstead, N.H, for the fledgling Benson Woodworking Company they had started a year earlier.

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UC researching fire safety of high rise timber-framed buildings

Voxy
April 24, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

New Zealand has vast reserves of renewable forests and much of this timber is used in the residential construction of new housing. However, very little of it is used in the commercial sector for large buildings and approximately 50 percent of the timber harvested is exported as logs to other countries. The University of Canterbury has produced ground-breaking research in timber engineering which has been on-going in a variety of fields for many years.

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Forestry

Promising students win forest industry jobs

Pulp & Paper Canada
April 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada’s social media campaign to recruit deserving students to work this summer at leading forest products companies has wrapped up with seven candidates offered summer paid summer interships. The Green Dream internship social media contest invited students to apply for four month paid summer jobs by submitting a video application and soliciting on-line votes.

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Search for the toughest of trees

Victoria News
April 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s hard to tell at a glance, but greenhouses at the Pacific Forestry Centre are home to some stressed out trees. A veritable forest of 5,000 Interior Douglas fir seedlings, each in its own pot, are waiting for the hammer to drop. Half will be infected with a nasty fungus normally carried by the Douglas fir beetle. The remainder are fated to become blighted with two different kinds of often-fatal root rot disease.

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Wildfire training scenario scheduled for Oyster River

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
April 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A training exercise focusing on wildland/urban interface fires will take place in the York Road area of Oyster River on Sunday, April 28. The event will provide cross-training opportunities for first-responder agencies. Local residents may notice increased traffic levels, sirens and emergency personnel and equipment activity during this exercise.

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Protecting BC’s Vulnerable Species

Coast Forest Products Association
April 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia has just released a draft “Five-year Plan for Species at Risk” for public review and comment. In our opinion, the draft BC plan has the potential to manage species at risk more effectively and with more positive outcomes than the process-driven federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) enabled in 2003. …The draft BC Plan offers a more flexible approach to develop and
implement recovery measures for species at risk on a prioritized basis,
taking into account the social and economic interests of BC’s
communities as well.

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Forest health task force session features wildfire info

Experts to discuss local wildfire conditions
Summit County Citizens Voice
April 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Somewhat battered by decade-long waves of bark beetles, Summit County’s forests are showing signs of a strong comeback. In both logged and un-logged areas,young lodgepoles are spurting upward, with growth rates doubling in some areas and new stands of developing aspens on sunnier patches of ground. The regeneration is especially eye-catching in stands that haven’t been logged.

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Forest Jobs bill: Plan excludes all nontraditional use

Letter by Matt Barnes
The Missoulian
April 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act will eliminate one of the last remaining opportunities for Missoula-area mountain bikers to enjoy a remote area. Not to mention closing hundreds of miles of pristine multi-use trails to all users who do not fit what some private interest groups consider “traditional.” …But local mountain bikers are being treated like second-rate citizens
who, in the view of some groups, should only be able to access these
areas if they see fit.

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Creation of memorial scholarships on rise at UM forestry school

The Missoulian
April 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Christian Bowers was ready to move to Missoula to finish college in 1997 when a bolt of lightning struck him down during a motorcycle ride north of Yellowstone National Park…. While he never arrived in Missoula to start school, his parents, David and Margo Bowers, have spent the past 15 years ensuring his legacy survives. Over the past decade, they’ve given nearly $50,000 to build a scholarship in his name, an effort that has helped 14 students achieve their own educational dreams thus far.

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Camas to log near watersheds for timber revenue

Associated Press
April 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CAMAS, Wash. — The city of Camas owns 1,700 acres of timber near two watersheds that provide the city with some of its drinking water. Now the city is looking to log some of the timber as a source of revenue and to reduce the risk of summer wildfires. The Columbian reports consultants estimate the timber is worth about $9 million over 50 years. Consultants say the city can protect water quality by periodically harvesting small areas spread throughout the watershed and by protecting streams.

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How state government is growing Maine’s natural resources economy

Bangor Daily News
April 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Maine’s image is built around our natural resources. These resources offer outstanding, self-renewing, economic and recreation opportunities. Every day across Maine, we benefit from unmatched outdoor visitor destinations, New England’s largest, most diversified food production and forest growth that continually exceeds harvest.

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NYS acquires a scenic wonder, and lots of forest land

Albany Times Union (blog)
April 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

I had a preview of this forest land purchase last summer, and now it’s official: The state has closed on the purchase, per an earlier agreement, on 9,300 acres of former Finch Pruyn forestry lands in the Adirondacks. The parcels include the seldom-seen OK Slip Falls, one of the state’s more spectacular waterfalls but relatively unknown since it has been on private land. Also purchased are lands along the Indian River, a popular paddling area.

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Can We Eradicate the Asian Longhorned Beetle?

USDA Blog
April 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

This past March, almost 11 years after being found in New Jersey, federal and state agriculture officials are finally able to say that the state’s long-running battle against the non-native Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) is over. New Jersey is the second state to declare itself free from the invasive tree-killing insect. The beetle was successfully eradicated from Illinois in 2008, and the ALB-regulated area of Islip, New York, also achieved eradication in 2011.

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Forest peace talks ‘constructive’

ABC News, Australia
April 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Signatories to Tasmania’s forest peace deal have described talks in Melbourne aimed at saving the agreement as constructive. The representatives of the industry and conservation groups released a joint statement last night after the day-long meeting. The Legislative Council has made a number of amendments to the deal’s enacting legislation including delaying the creation of reserves. The signatories say negotiations on the changes are continuing.

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‘Pristine’ forests protected – Brisbane Times

Brisbane Times
April 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

…Queensland National Parks Minister Steve Dickson has consistently ruled out logging in “pristine” national parks. But which parks are considered pristine is yet to be defined….The description has become a contentious one following proposed changes
to the state’s land clearing laws, which would allow farmers and other
landholders to clear vegetation for “high value agriculture and
environmental works”.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Experiment aims to steep rainforest in carbon dioxide

Sensor-studded plots in the Amazon forest will measure the fertilizing effect of the gas.
Nature.com
April 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

One of the wild cards in climate change is the fate of the Amazon rainforest. Will it shrivelas the region dries in a warming climate? Or will it grow even faster as the added carbon dioxide in the atmosphere spurs photosynthesis and allows plants to use water more efficiently? A dying rainforest could release gigatonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, accelerating warming; a CO2-fertilized forest could have the opposite effect, sucking up carbon and putting the brakes on climate change.

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