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Daily Archives: April 26, 2013

Opinion / Editorial

The forest industry loses an innovative thinker and a good friend in George Weyerhaeuser Jr.

by Tom Tevlin, President and CEO of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd
April 22, 2013
Category: Opinion / Editorial
Region: United States, US West

Many in the BC forest sector were shocked last week at the sudden passing of George Weyerhaeuser Jr. in Tacoma at age 59. George was widely known as a thinker with a strong interest in science and technology, a consistent innovator with an eye on the industry’s future, and a good friend to so many in the US, Canada and around the world. His role as President and CEO of Weyerhaeuser Canada from 1995 through 1998 coincided with his chairmanship of the Board of Trustees of the Forest Alliance of BC where, as the senior staffer, I was so fortunate to work with him on a regular basis.

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Business & Politics

Domtar results stung by conversion costs of US mill

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

Reconfiguration of a Domtar Corp. paper mill in the U.S. to produce lighter speciality grades was the right move despite challenges at the mill that marred first-quarter results, chief executive officer John Williams said Thursday. “We knew that there were risks to our production as we completed the largest conversion of a commodity mill to specialty paper grades,” Mr. Williams said during a conference call.

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Forestry workers suddenly back in demand as average pay rises 11%

National Post
April 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

After years of toiling in an industry plagued with layoffs and bankruptcies, the beleaguered forestry worker may finally be catching a break, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada. The average weekly paycheque for an employee in the forestry, logging and support industry rose by 11% to $1,054.68 in February 2013, compared to a year earlier, according to data released on Thursday.

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Are lumber markets converging into a single global market?

Canadian Forest Service
April 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

In Home or abroad? The changing patterns of provincial lumber shipments, we raised the possibility that provincial shipments with very different destinations could be displaying similar patterns of evolution because lumber markets might be integrated. Market integration implies that markets in different regions are dependent on each other so that market events in one region impact the market in another.

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West Fraser Timber swing to Q1 profit of $67M; revenue rises to $863M

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

VANCOUVER – West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. swung to a profit in the first quarter as the forestry company reported improved lumber prices. The company said Thursday it earned $67 million or $1.57 per share on sales of $863 million in the first quarter of 2013. That compared with a loss of $19 million or 45 cents per share on revenue of $681 million.

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Former Citizen reporter nominated for Michener

Prince George Citizen
April 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Former Prince George Citizen reporter Gordon Hoekstra is up for a second Michener Award.  Hoekstra led a Vancouver Sun team that was nominated Thursday for one of the highest awards in Canadian journalism for their investigation following the deadly explosions and fires at the Lakeland Mills and Babine Forest Products sawmills last year. In response, the B.C. government created a program to reduce the risk of dust explosions and major forest companies promised an independent audit of dust levels.

Sawmill explosion coverage nets Michener nod for Sun from The Vancouver Sun

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GALLERY: Upcoming shutdown of Zellstoff Celgar a massive operation

Castlegar News
April 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

At the Zellstoff Celgar pulp mill, most things are super sized — even downtime. On a recent tour the Castlegar news noted the Celgar site, an operation of the Mercer International Group, is filling up with trailers, vehicles, equipment, machinery and about 500 additional people for the annual shutdown; a massive undertaking that will officially start Monday, April 29 and run until Wednesday, May 8.

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More details released on Canfor celebrations

Prince George Citizen
April 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor officials announced previously their intention to hold this year’s annual general meeting in Prince George, as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations. More details were announced Thursday about that event. The meeting will be held on Wednesday at the Prince George Playhouse. Following the technical meeting, a reception for invited guests will be held at the Civic Centre starting at 4 p.m.

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Dix sends dangerous message to resource project investors

NDP’s stance could scare away investment
Vancouver Sun
April 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

NDP leader Adrian Dix says he opposes Vancouver becoming a major oil shipping hub because it would not be the right approach for the port or the economy. …That’s a question that will have to be seriously addressed should the NDP succeed in scaring away the major investors needed to launch major projects in the resource industry.  We don’t believe that Dix intends to do that, even though there are elements in the NDP that would happily shut down forestry, mining and oil and gas extraction.

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Paying for ‘nothing’

TbNewsWatch.com
April 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Mayor Craig Nuttall says a decision to lower assessment rates on Domtar’s Dryden paper mill could kill his community. Nuttall on Thursday took Municipal Property Assessment Corporation president and CAO Antoni Wisniowski to task on the opening day of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association annual general meeting, calling the organization flawed.

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NS exports expected to rise

Economist says province should benefit from growth in global economic activity
TheChronicleHerald.ca
April 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

More lumber and tires will be moving through the Port of Halifax as the American and global economies shift into higher gear this year, a top economist said Thursday. “The world economy is shifting gears in a variety of respects after four years of sluggish performance,” Peter Hall, chief economist with Export Development Canada, said in an interview. Hall said Nova Scotia will benefit from this improved level of global economic activity, with more port traffic due to increased exports, especially of lumber and tires.

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Lumber mills struggle to deliver amid rail car shortage

Shoratge of rail cars for deliveries cutting into mills’ bottom lines
CBC News
April 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Frustration is growing among saw mill and pulp mill owners as a Canadian National rail car shortage is forcing companies to find alternate ways to ship lumber products. …A shortage in truck drivers is compounding the problem. “That tends to be very expensive, and unfortunately there’s also a shortage of truckers and available trucks for the industry right now too. So that compounds the issue,” said Mark Arsenault, with the New Brunswick Forest Products Association.

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Court dismisses $33M claim from Scotsburn sawmill operator

Ligni Bel Ltd. argued that it was owed the money by NewPage because of several problems including increased log costs and NewPage’s failure to supply enough wood for its operations.
Daily Business Buzz
April 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has dismissed a claim from a sawmill company that said it was owed $33.3 million after the NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill went into creditor protection in 2011. Ligni Bel Ltd., which operates a sawmill in Pictou County, argued that it was owed the money because of several problems including increased log costs and NewPage’s failure to supply enough wood for its operations.

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Rayonier sees income almost double

The Florida Times Union
April 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Rayonier has reported first quarter income from continuing operations of $103 million, or 79 cents per share, compared to $52 million, or 41 cents per share, in the prior year period. First quarter net income was $148 million, or $1.13 per share and included income from discontinued operations of $45 million, or 34 cents per share, primarily due to the $43 million net gain resulting from the sale of the wood products business.

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Plum Creek: Look For Strong Gains Over The Next Few Years

Seeking Alpha
April 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

As the U.S. housing market has been recovering from the 2008 – 2009 recessionary lows this has provided many investment opportunities. One company that is situated in an industry poised to capitalize on the U.S. housing recovery is Plum Creek Timber Company (PCL).  Plum Creek is one of the largest landowners in the nation and the most
geographically diverse, with approximately 6.4 million acres in major timber producing regions of the United States.

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Weyerhaeuser Q1 Profit More Than Triples on 31% Higher Revenues

Dividend.com
April 26, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Forestry products maker Weyerhaeuser Company (WY) reported early on Friday a surge in first quarter profits on higher revenues, both beating Wall Street estimates.  The Federal Way, Washington-based company said it earned $144 million, or 26 cents per share, in the first quarter, up from $41 million, or 8 cents per share, earned in the same period a year ago. On average, analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were expecting the company to earn 23 cents per share in the quarter.

Weyerhaeuser Building Up to New Highs from Forbes
Weyerhaeuser Benefits from Stronger Housing Market from the Wall Street Journal

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Priton to Bring 200 Jobs to Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa Press Gazette
April 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Santa Rosa County is proud to welcome Priton, LLC to the Santa Rosa Industrial Park. Priton is the manufacturer of “MyHouse” affordable homes primarily for the international housing market. The company recently purchased the former 84 Lumber location and has committed to hiring 200 employees over three years.

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Sappi Fine Paper North America Continues Strong Record of Capital Investments in the Coated Paper Business

PR Newswire
April 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Sappi Fine Paper North America today announced the most recent completion of a series of coated paper capital investment projects during its 2013 fiscal year, a significant move by the company to maintain and strengthen its leadership position and take advantage of growth opportunities in the coated paper market. While ongoing investment to keep paper production globally competitive has generally reduced in the marketplace,

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From lumber to labor, shortages keep a lid on housing activity

Omaha World-Herald
April 25, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Just as area builders were rejoicing at the swell in residential construction, rising costs of lumber, labor and other key ingredients threaten to jam up activity. Escalating material costs are squeezing builder profit margins, reports the National Association of Homebuilders, and in some instances preventing them from meeting demand for new homes.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Brettstapel: another way of building with wood

Treehugger
April 25, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States, International

Kennedy & Violich described the building material in the Soft House as ” a traditional solid wood panel and deck construction with wood dowel joints.” That didn’t mean much to me, but Mike Eliason of the Brute Force Collaborative commented: “the wood is most likely brettstapel – basically 2x laid on end and fixed w/ dowels. no glue.” Regular TreeHugger readers will know that I am a big fan of wood
construction; wood is renewable, sequesters carbon for the life of the
building, and if the forests are replanted it is just about the most
sustainable form of construction.

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Forestry

A simulated look at a career in forestry

The Hub
April 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Students looking to make their living in the forestry sector now have an extra edge to prepare for that opportunity. A new forestry program, the first of its kind in the NWT, has been introduced at Diamond Jenness Secondary School. … The dual-credit forestry class allows students to examine the forestry industry, different career options and the knowledge needed, and experience practical exercises on state-of the-art equipment.

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MSU Extension offering forestry workshops for private forestlands

Montana State University
April 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Montana State University Extension Forestry Program has scheduled forest stewardship workshops for owners and managers of private forestlands are scheduled at Whitehall, Thompson Falls, Yaak, Mammoth and Roundup. The program has assisted more than 3,200 participants in developing stewardship plans to care for their forests, said Cindy Bertek, the Forest Stewardship Coordinator in Missoula.

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Restoring Life to the Forest

Mountain News
April 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

For the past nine years, volunteers have banded together to help replant the areas of the mountain that were devastated in the 2003 and 2007 wildfires. On a recent Saturday, a group of about 30 folks listened attentively as Cal Fire forester Glenn Barley explained the proper way to plant the Jeffrey pine seedlings.

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DNR adds more foresters to assist small landowners

WDNR Blog Ear to the Ground
April 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Need advice and access to resources to better manage your forestland? Small forest landowners across the state turn to Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for onsite forest management consultation. Now, we have more professionals to provide you with more assistance. The Small Forest Landowner Office (SFLO) at DNR recently welcomed two highly experienced professionals to its Forest Stewardship Program staff.

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Unhealthy forest may be restored

Mountain View Journal
April 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service has been working for years to improve forest health within the Sandia Ranger District. Those small projects — which could include thinning or soil erosion abatement — were needed, but the scope was too small. Now the district is proposing a landscape restoration project that would encompass more than 21 square miles of forest land in the Cedro Peak area south of Interstate 40.

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Forest Service Preparing for Fire Season

KNDO/KNDU
April 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It might seem like a contradiction: starting forest fires to prevent forest fires. However, it’s something each Forest Service station does between April and June every year. The goal is to knock out areas during the wetter months that will become a problem in fire season. “We’re probably gonna have about 15 to 20 different burns, ranging from 20 acres to a couple hundred acres. On the forest as a whole we probably have a hundred burns or so,” said Fire and Fuels Specialist Jason Emhoff.

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Forest Service and Potomac Nationals plant a tree for every broken baseball bat

USDA Forest Service
April 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Forest Service and the Potomac Nationals are scheduled to plant 187 trees in a ceremony at an urban forest in Fairfax, Va., through a partnership with Fairfax ReLeaf on Arbor Day, April 26. Under the “Break a Bat, Plant a Tree” program, for every bat they break, the Potomac Nationals, a Minor League Baseball team from Woodbridge, Va., pledge to plant a tree. Last year, the baseball players broke 187 bats.

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New EFI Policy Brief looks at the challenges of adaptive forest management

European Forest Institute
April 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Accounting for climate change in forest management is a challenge for many forest managers, owners and decision makers around Europe. In order to make timely decisions, they need solid information on e.g. climate change projections and uncertainties, forest health, pests and diseases, tools for running different forest management scenarios as well as information on successful adaptation measures in their regions.

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Forest conservation could reduce malaria transmission

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

Preserving the biodiversity of tropical forests could have the added benefit of cutting the spread of malaria, according to a new study. The finding contradicts the traditional view that clearing native forest for agriculture curbs malaria transmission in the Amazon rainforest. “Our study suggests, in contrast, that conservation of biodiversity can be reconciled with malaria control,” Gabriel Zorello, an epidemiologist at Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo and lead researcher of the study, tells SciDev.Net.

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Brown root rot threatens Hong Kong’s forests

South China Morning Post
April 26, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Brown root rot disease – dubbed the Sars of trees – has spread to 11 districts in the past nine months, infecting some of the city’s most valuable trees and forests. Tree experts warn the problem may require the widespread removal of trees, like the mass cull of chickens during the outbreak of H5N1 bird flu.

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Heads of UNODC and CITES urge wildlife and forest offences to be treated as serious transnational organized crimes

WAM – Emirates News Agency
April 25, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

At the current Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the heads of two United Nations bodies called on countries to recognize wildlife and forest crimes as a serious form of organized crime and strengthen penalties against criminal syndicates and networks profiting from such illegal trade.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Tree Genes, Soil, and E. Coli Combine To Create Gas-Like Biofuel

Gas 2.0
April 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

We all know that oil burned in vehicles is a major contributor to global climate change, but it is also an incredible fuel, holding a tremendous amount of potential energy in little space. But what if we could grow a fuel with the equivalent energy capacity? A breakthrough in biofuels utilizing DNA harvested from trees, special soil, and the E. coli bacteria claims to have developed a fuel chemically identical to petrol.

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Europe’s Renewable Fuel of Choice: Wood

Canada Free Press
April 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, International

Americans are led to believe that Europe is awash in wind and solar power, but the renewable most consumed is wood, says the Economist. According to the Economist, wood, the fuel of preindustrial societies, represents about half of all renewables consumed in the European Union in some form or another—sticks, pellets, sawdust. The European Union has a target of getting 20 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2020. To get that much renewable energy, it cannot rely solely on wind and solar power.

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German Pellets plans second giant wood pellet plant in US

Biomass Magazine
April 25, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Just as it is readying to opening a 500,000-metric ton wood pellet production facility in Woodville, Texas, German Pellets announced that it plans to build an additional 1 million-metric ton plant in Louisiana, with construction slated to begin this month. The plant will be located in the central Louisiana town of Urania, which has a population of about 1,300. German Pellets expects the new plant to create around 500 direct and indirect jobs in the region.

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