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Daily Archives: April 25, 2013

Business & Politics

Domtar misses analyst estimates

Canadian Press
April 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL — Domtar Corp. says it’s disappointed with how its paper business performed in the first quarter, resulting in adjusted earnings that came in well below analyst estimates.  The Montreal-based the paper and forest product company reported Thursday that its adjusted earnings were $33 million or 95 cents per share — down from $61 million or $1.65 a share a year earlier. …“The first quarter results in our paper business were disappointing and this is due to low productivity, resulting in high costs,” John Williams, Domtar’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

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Exportation of Wood Pellets from North America to Europe Reached a New Record of 3.2 Million Tons in 2012

HeraldOnline.com
April 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Demand for wood pellets in Europe has gone up dramatically the past few years as power companies on the continent have switched from using fossil fuels to renewable energy alternatives. Importation of pellets from North America increased over 60 percent from 2011 to 2012 with the US export volumes more than doubling, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The wood pellet export industry in North America has grown exponentially in a relatively short period of time.

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Forestry companies profits took a hit in Q4

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

As the forestry sector slowly crawled out of the red and into the black in 2012, B.C. companies fared better than their counterparts in Eastern Canada, according to a PwC report released today. Earnings were down, however, when compared with 2012’s third quarter. The 10 largest Western Canadian companies had net earnings of $1.2 million in the fourth quarter, compared with $775.1 million in the third quarter.

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No such thing as free energy

Victoria Times Colonist
April 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

During last month’s storm, the wind turned lights off in the capital region. Now TimberWest wants to see if there’s enough wind on southern Vancouver Island to keep the lights on. The forestry company has applied for a permit to build three 80-metre testing towers in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area to see if there’s enough wind to justify building a wind farm. 

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Catalyst Paper issues 10th sustainability report

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

RICHMOND, BC – Catalyst Paper has released its tenth sustainability report as an early adopter of this voluntary disclosure practice more than a decade ago. Titled “Our Tomorrow Starts Today”, the report covers calendar 2012 and was produced using Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines (B-level application). It also serves as Catalyst’s Communication on Progress as a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact.

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No easy contests for Liberals after 12 years

Issues include wood centre controversy, HST, forestry and Northern Gateway pipeline
Vancouver Sun
April 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There is a big hole in downtown Prince George to remind voters of a controversy over a promised $25-million wood innovation centre. The project is going ahead, but four years after it was first announced by the Liberals. It will also not be, as promised, the tallest wood building in the world. A group that assembled the land for the project has alleged the bid was dealt with improperly, and the NDP has been calling for an independent inquiry.

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Nova Scotia’s lumber industry celebrates rebound

Improved U.S. housing good news for lumber industry, report
CBC.ca
April 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

After a six year slump that saw a string of mills closing in Nova Scotia, lumber brokers say prices and exports to the United States are up. The turnaround is a good news for saw millers like Doug Ledwidge, whose plant in Enfield is producing more than a million board feet a week.

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Housing Rebound in U.S. Hampered by Own Success as Costs Climb

Bloomberg
April 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Even as U.S. housing rebounds from its worst downturn since the 1930s, production bottlenecks are pushing up building-materials costs, land prices are rising and skilled labor ready to begin work is hard to find. Suppliers of glass, drywall and wood products, who reduced output during the slump, are testing the vigor of the rebound by boosting prices before committing to restore capacity.

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The Key to Weyerhaeuser’s Growth Spurt

Motley Fool
April 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

On Friday, Weyerhaeuser will release its latest quarterly results. The key to making smart investment decisions on stocks reporting earnings is to anticipate how they’ll do before they announce results, leaving you fully prepared to respond quickly to whatever inevitable surprises arise. That way, you’ll be less likely to make an uninformed knee-jerk reaction to news that turns out to be exactly the wrong move.

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Sylvan Forest Products awarded military contract option worth up to $63.79 million

The Oregonian
April 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Defense Logistics Agency will pay up to $63.79 million to exercise a one-year option on a two-year contract with Portland’s Sylvan Forest Products Inc., the Pentagon announced Wednesday. The company, which the Pentagon considers a small business, will supply wood products for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and federal civilian agencies in the West. The two-year contract included three one-year options.

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Georgia-Pacific buys Buckeye Technologies

Atlanta Business Chronicle
April 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Georgia-Pacific LLC will buy Buckeye Technologies Inc. for $1.5 billion in a bid to boost its cellulose business and products offerings. The sales price of $37.50 in cash per share is a 29 percent premium over the average closing price of Buckeye Technologies’ stock over the last week. Memphis, Tenn.-based Buckeye Technologies makes specialty fibers and nonwoven materials made from wood and cotton.

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Chinese keen on more NZ forest purchases

State-owned China Forest Group’s purchase of North Island forests from the NZ Superannuation Fund is the first step in its NZ investment strategy.
NZ City
April 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

China Forestry Group New Zealand, a subsidiary of state-owned China Forest Group Corp, is keen on mopping up more local forests after buying a chunk of estates from the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. The North Island forest estates are the first step in the Chinese company’s strategy to invest in the local industry and look at other opportunities, it said in a statement. The general manager of China National Forests, Lin Zhan, expects the forestry investment will generate new jobs.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Federal government reduces projects subject to environmental legislation

Financial Post
April 24, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

The federal government is changing the type of project that will be subject to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, a move that will likely reduce the number of projects subject to federal assessment. …“Of particular note, many large industrial facilities such as those which process heavy oil and oil sands, or manufacture pulp and paper, steel and chemicals, as well as potash and other industrial mineral mines, will no longer automatically be caught by CEAA 2012,” they write.

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Emerging Trends: Laminated Strand Lumber Helps Meet Special Demands of Tall Wood Buildings

Building-Products.com
April 24, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

The multifamily industry is expected to remain strong through 2013 and into 2014, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The organization has forecast 299,000 multifamily housing starts for 2013, a 22% improvement over the previous year. As builders and developers seek cost-effective ways to meet the demand, many are turning to wood framing for four- and five-story buildings-and even up to six stories in Canada. However, wood shrinkage can be an issue.

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First Car Wars, Now Wood Wars – The Next Battle for US Steel Industry

MetalMiner
April 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

MetalMiner has extensively covered the trend of light-weighting in the automotive industry as it pertains to the growing use of aluminum and high-strength steels. But sometimes the battle extends beyond metal against metal, and becomes one material choice versus another. In the case of green construction, the debate between wood and steel tilts heavily toward steel (no pun intended), but wood advocates have begun pressing the US Green Building Council (USGBC) – which manages the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system – to open up the number and types of wood certification programs eligible for LEED credits.

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Forestry

Ancient Forest Alliance pushes parties to protect old growth

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

The Ancient Forest Alliance is taking provincial political parties to task this election in terms of committing to preserve B.C.’s remaining old growth forests. The Victoria-based environmental organization that caught international attention with its advocacy for old growth near Port Renfrew coined “Avatar Grove,” says the province is running out of its oldest forests, and has little legislation in place to protect what’s left. “Industry still logs thousands of hectares of old growth every year,” said Ken Wu, executive directior of the AFA.

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A new tool against illegal logging: tree DNA technology goes mainstream

Environmental News Network
April 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, International

The role of tree DNA tracking is increasing in the fight against illegal logging as evidenced by prosecution cases in USA and Germany. Modern DNA technology offers a unique opportunity: you could pinpoint the origin of your table at home and track down if the trees it was made from were illegally obtained. Each wooden piece of furniture comes with a hidden natural barcode that can tell its story from a sapling in a forest all the way to your living room.

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Forest Service Gets New Wildfire Tool in Time for Season

Climate Central
April 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

With much of the West mired in drought conditions heading into the summer, the U.S. Forest Service is preparing for what could be another damaging wildfire season. This year, firefighters will be armed with an updated tool to help them battle fires with the precision of special forces on the battlefield. The instrument, known as the “Autonomous Modular Sensor,” or AMS, can help the Forest Service detect wildfires and conduct post-burn assessments.

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Forest Service invites DC10 slurry bomber for Missoula demonstration

Missoulian
April 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Tanker 910 pilot Jack Maxey had no trouble spotting Missoula International Airport from his DC-10 slurry bomber on Wednesday: It was the one with three Neptune Aviation BAe-146s lined up on the tarmac to greet him. The 10 Tanker Air Carrier jet was one of the largest planes ever to land in Missoula, and one of the biggest to be reconfigured for dropping retardant on forest fires.

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Logging to close Bass Creek Recreation Area

Ravalli Republic
April 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

STEVENSVILLE – The second most popular recreation area on the Bitterroot National Forest is set to temporarily close sometime in the middle of May to make way for a logging operation.  If the work goes as expected, the southern end of the Bass Creek Recreation Area near Stevensville should reopen in about a month, said Stevensville District Ranger Dan Ritter. …Loggers with Pyramid Mountain Lumber Co. of Seeley Lake are poised to begin work cutting an estimated 4 million board feet of lumber from the 765-acre project that encompasses most of the trail system.

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Forestry plan for Peru, Dorset advances

Manchester Journal
April 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The U.S. Forest Service has released information on what it plans to do over the next seven to 10 years in the Green Mountain National Forest in Dorset and Peru. Melissa Reichert, forest planner for the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forest, said the plan contains a number of elements which will be acted upon as funding for them becomes available. Known as the “Dorset Peru Integrated Resource Project” the plan for that area, which also contains parts of Manchester and Winhall, is above and beyond the Forest Service’s typical maintenance schedule.

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Queenstown seeks to revise forest ordinance that impacts land development

My Eastern Shore
April 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Queenstown Town Commissioners have introduced an ordinance to repeal and re-enact the town’s Forest Conservation Ordinance, a regulation that has a bearing on land development. Ordinance 13-03 was introduced by Commissioner Tom Willis at the April 23 meeting and there will be a public hearing on it at 7 p.m. at the May 14 commissioner meeting at the town hall. Town Attorney Sarah Everhart, who proposed the re-enacted ordinance, said it is based on state regulations and will bring the town “completely up to code.”

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood For Energy Use in Schools, Hospitals and Other Facilities Growing

US Endowment for Forestry & Communities
April 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

The State of Institutional Woody Biomass Facilities in the United States, a report just released by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment), is available at www.usendowment.org. This report, based on research by Katie Premo, Endowment intern, and Kate MacFarland, USDA Forest Service (USFS) staff, fills the gap and points to the growth in use of woody biomass for energy in community facilities, such as schools, hospitals and more.

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Fair Haven seeks support for biomass project

Rutland Herald
April 24, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Town officials will try to gather local support for a proposed biomass power generator and pellet-manufacturing facility. The Select Board recently discussed the direction it wants to take on Beaver Wood Energy’s plan to build the facility. Beaver Wood has proposed a 29.5-megawatt, wood-fueled biomass plant and a pellet-manufacturing facility. The company recently entered into an agreement to build a 10-acre greenhouse complex and wholesale warehouse off Route 4.

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