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Daily Archives: May 2, 2013

Business & Politics

Logs moving again from Yaorun yard

Terrace Standard
May 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Northwest logs are once again heading to the coast from the YaoRun Wood log sort yard on Keith Ave., with a contract dispute between YaoRun and one of its contractors, Bryco Enterprises, quietly settled late last week. “Bryco has satisfactorily resolved its disputes with YaoRun and will immediately withdraw all of its claims against YaoRun,” reads a joint statement released by the two companies on April 26. Activity at the yard was stalled for over a month with YaoRun and local contractor Bryco Enterprises, involved in a contract dispute over money owed to Bryco.

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Interfor Closes Deal to Purchase Timber Tenures in the Kootenay Region

Marketwired
May 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

INTERNATIONAL FOREST PRODUCTS LIMITED announced today it has closed its deal to purchase two timber tenures in the Kootenay Region of British Columbia from Springer Creek Products Limited Partnership. The tenures, which have a combined Allowable Annual Cut of approximately 174,000 cubic metres, will support an increase in production at Interfor’s sawmill at Castlegar and help sustain the communities and businesses associated with that operation.

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Resolute’s future based on innovation

Fort Frances Times Online
May 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Products’ future is based on innovation and sustainability, company president and CEO Richard Garneau told delegates at the annual meeting of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association in Thunder Bay last Thursday.  “The forest products industry has been instrumental to the history and economy of Northwestern Ontario, and Resolute’s roots run almost as deep here as the industry itself,” Garneau said in his speech.

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US Importer Warns Ruling on Chinese Hardwood Plywood Detrimental to US Manufacturers, Jobs

Marketwired
April 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Calling it a potentially disastrous development for thousands of small businesses, the top executive for a major US importer predicts that today’s announcement by the US Department of Commerce of its decision to impose a 22.14% anti-dumping penalty on Chinese hardwood plywood will cause prices to increase, severely jeopardizing the livelihoods of tens of thousands of small businesses. The new Anti-Dumping margin will go into effect this week and, combined with an existing 22.63% countervailing duty the Department imposed in February, will result in a total 44.77 % duty on imported plywood.

Chinese Plywood Importers Decry Latest Antidumping Ruling from The Woodworking Network

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Baucus joins employees at Evergreen sawmill for a work day

KPAX-TV
May 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Thirty new jobs opened up when the Evergreen sawmill restarted production, and they added one more “employee” to the schedule. Senator Max Baucus joined employees at the sawmill for a work day. Senator Max Baucus’ peers named him one of the hardest working members in Congress and though he’s on his way to retirement, that’s not slowing him down. Senator Baucus periodically travels across the state lending a hand in various jobs, “And the more physical the work is the better…

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Mills reopen as home building lifts lumber business

USA Today
April 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

The Plum Creek Timber mill in Evergreen, Mont., is far removed from the housing recovery making headlines nationwide — but its fortunes are not. After a four-year shutdown, the mill reopened in March thanks to rising lumber prices and a resurgence in home building. The mill, which makes studs used to frame houses, now employs 30, half of its former workforce. It carries a $1.5 million annual payroll that’ll roll through the local economy.

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Creditors pressing East Millinocket paper mill for payments

Bangor Daily News
May 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Cash flow problems at an East Millinocket paper mill have left the business’s owners months behind in some of their payments to vendors, officials said Wednesday. But a company official said that Cate Street Capital and its subsidiaries, Great Northern Paper Co. and Thermogen Industries, are hoping pending emergency legislation can help them secure about $15 million in state tax credits over eight years for one of their projects.

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Bill to increase weight limit on Ashland road could lead to 50 more mill jobs

Bangor Daily News
May 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Legislation to increase the allowable truck weight limit by 100,000 pounds on just under a mile of roadway here could lead to the creation of 50 jobs or more at the former Fraser mill site. “This request is for an exemption to allow increased truck capacities from the Realty Road to the old Fraser mill site in Ashland, which is currently owned by E.J. Carrier Inc., of Jackman,” said Town Manager Ralph Dwyer. The change would make it more feasible for the new mill owner to do business, he said.

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Forestry revamp funding unlocked

ABC News, Australia
May 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Tasmanian sawmillers wanting to quit the struggling timber industry will be the first to benefit from the passing of the forest peace deal bill. State Parliament’s approval of the bill to halve the timber industry and protect up to half a million hectares of forest from logging has unlocked $216 million in Commonwealth funding. The Federal and State Governments have signed an agreement to back the deal, allowing restructuring money to flow.

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One of world’s largest pulp producers to be closed in Russia

Pulp and Paper News
May 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Russian pulp and paper industry is experiencing a serious crisis, which is reflected by the recent announcement about the suspension of production of the Solombalsky Pulp and Paper Mill (SPPM), one of Russia’s largest pulp and paper mills, located in Arkhangelsk. According to the company, the reason of suspension is financial and economic difficulties of the mill.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Ainsworth pointSIX Flooring Achieves Broad Market Acceptance

BusinessWire
May 1, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

Ainsworth – … – recently announced that its innovative new pointSIX® Flooring has achieved broad market acceptance and availability across all of Canada and throughout the U.S., with particularly strong market share in states west of the Mississippi. With sustained, compounded double-digit growth in its third year on the market, pointSIX Flooring has achieved success that has exceeded Ainsworth’s expectations, and it is a clear sign that building material dealers and their contractor customers have recognized the high-performance features and cost avoidance of using pointSIX OSB products.

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Wooden Heights: North America’s Tallest Timber Building

DesignBuild Source
May 2, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Timber is set to to add to the skyline in British Columbia, Canada once again with construction due to commence on North America’s tallest timber building, the Wood Innovation and Design Centre. The WIDC has partnered with architect Michael Green and his firm MGA to develop the 27.5-metre building, which will contribute to the urban revitalisation of downtown Princeton.

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Forestry

Blasting believed to blame for “boom”

HQ Comox Valley
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s believed blasting at Wolf Lake, just north of the road to Mount Washington, is to blame of Wednesday’s frightening boom that shook homes from Courtenay to Campbell River. A resident of the York Road area called the Campbell River Forest District to complain about the blasts she says are getting more disruptive. “Timberwest did confirm to the Campbell River Forest District that it was them blasting at Wolf Lake at six o’clock this morning, and they’ve apologized,” she said.

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Seedlings survive collapse

Prince George Citizen
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A seedling reefer that collapsed this spring under the weight of snow and ice has not been rebuilt, but almost all of the baby trees survived the ordeal. Canfor’s seedling storage warehouse at the J.D. Little Forest Centre succumbed to its snow-load at about 6 a.m. on March 15. It contained about $3 million worth of infant trees all slated for planting this spring across the central interior. “About 13.8 million seedlings were saved – 91 per cent of the total amount in the facility,” said Canfor spokeswoman Christine Kennedy.

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NDP would improve, protect industry: Dix

Vancouver Sun
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

NDP Leader Adrian Dix was in Quesnel Wednesday, visiting a forest seedling nursery to discuss his forestry platform. He said an NDP government would improve and protect the province’s forestry sector by reinstating an inventory of forest resources, investing in research and reforestation, and reducing raw log exports. Dix stressed the importance of meeting domestic demand first, and keeping jobs in B.C., before exporting abroad. “That doesn’t mean there won’t be raw log exports; there will,” he said.

Adrian Dix goes north to wind BC election from The Globe and Mail

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Mission Interpretive Forest Selected for Road Upgrades – and So Much More

Coast Forest Products Association
April 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Coast Forest Products Association wishes to extend its sincere congratulations to the District of Mission for receiving approval from the Province of British Columbia for a $5 million dollar upgrade on logging roads in the Mission Interpretive Forest. …They satisfy the requirements for approval to construct the first ever British Columbian Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Camp (THCF) in the recreationally-allocated portion of the working Mission Municipal Forest.

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It’s not a war

Truck Loggers Association
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver – Forestry and ecotourism both operate on the coast and both are here to stay. It’s not tourism or logging. It’s tourism and logging. …“I’ve spoken to BC Timber Sales (BCTS) and
they are making changes to accommodate the tourism industry,” said
Dwight Yochim, TLA Executive Director. …
We need to look past individual cutblocks. This is a perfect opportunity for ecotourism companies to educate their clients about BC’s sustainable forest practices.

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Oregon’s wildfire season expected to flare up weeks earlier than normal

OregonLive.com
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

State and federal agencies charged with fighting wild fires across Oregon, Idaho and California say this year’s fire season will likely start weeks earlier and burn hotter that average, rivaling or even surpassing last year’s record season. Unseasonably warm weather last week, coming as it did on the heels of well-below average spring rains, led to several small fires in Josephine and Jackson counties. A 25-acre fire near Alsea, southwest of Corvallis in the usually damp coastal mountains, “tested” fire crews, Oregon Dept. of Forestry officials said.

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Wildfire Officials On Alert As Warm, Dry Weather Sets In

OPB News
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Wildland fire officials are on alert with a second wave of above-normal temperatures expected later this week. The Oregon Department of Forestry said reports of wildfire activity are coming in from around the state as a sign that fire season may not be too far off. While firefighters in Jackson and Josephine counties snuffed out several small fires last week, a 25-acre fire tested fire crews Friday southwest of Corvallis. “Early May is typically not the time we start worrying about fire,” said Tom Fields, ODF fire prevention coordinator.

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Logging equipment vandalized in tree-thinning operation near Ashland

Associated Press
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MEDFORD — Vandals contaminated the fuel of a log loader being used in a tree thinning operation near Ashland. The Jackson County sheriff’s department says the equipment was vandalized over the weekend. The loader sputtered to a stop Monday and a mechanic had to replace the fuel and filter. The department says graffiti left on the side of the loader said, “kill cops not trees.”

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Firefighters hold the line against pair of fires in Northern California, but third continues to grow

Associated Press
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West


BUTTE MEADOWS, Calif. — Crews were able to hold the line against two wind-whipped wildfires in Northern California, but one in Tehama County continued to grow. The Panther Fire north of the town of Butte Meadows had spread to 1,700 acres with no containment by Thursday morning. State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says the fire is burning in a very remote area of brush and timber and is not threatening any homes.

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Canyon Lakes Ranger District’s mountain pine beetle preventative spraying has begun

North Forty News
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Multiple recreation areas will be impacted due to efforts related to the mountain pine beetle epidemic, including hazard tree cutting and spraying more than 9,500 trees. Contract crews are spraying trees in select campgrounds and day-use areas on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District this spring and summer. Contractors spray Carbaryl and U.S. Forest Service crews monitor operations and conditions. Spraying is very dependent on calm weather and began April 29. More than 900 trees have been sprayed to date, but spraying was put on hold today until May 10 due to the snow.

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Oregon Loggers Eye Role Near Chernobyl

OPB News
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Loggers from Wallowa County are poised for a major role in expanded timber-cutting operations urgently planned for the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the approximately 19-mile-radius area encircling the site of the former Soviet Union’s disastrous nuclear power plant accident of April 1986. “The overriding concern in the zone is wildfire,” explains Mike Wiedeman, president of a decades-old family logging business based in Enterprise and past president of the American Loggers Council.

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Forestry expo continues tradition of teaching about the woods

Flathead Publishing Group
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Family Forestry Expo, a tradition of the Flathead Valley for the past 24 years, will be May 6-11 at the Trumbull Creek Educational Forest, between Columbia Falls and Whitefish. Monday through Friday nearly 1,400 students will visit the Expo. Saturday the Expo opens to the public and is free of charge. The family-oriented event features a short forest walk that offers educational stations and demonstrations along the way..

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Forestry protections increased after PG&E logging damages Maidu site

Sacramento Bee
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CHESTER – Recently discovered damage to American Indian archaeological sites has led to increased protections at a controversial logging project in Humbug Valley. Officials from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection met at the site last week with Maidu Summit representatives following reports that PG&E logging equipment had broken a Maidu Indian grinding stone and compromised a prehistoric village site.

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In County Parks, Attempts to Bring Back the American Chestnut Tree

Patch.com
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Tony Rosati of Middletown admires the legendary 100-foot tall American Chestnut trees that once dominated forests here, until they were decimated by a devastating blight in the early 1900s. Now, as a volunteer with the Monmouth County Parks System, Rosati is trying to revive the American Chestnuts species in Middletown parks like Deep Cut Gardens, Thompson Park,Hartshorne Woods Park and Huber Woods. He is also sending nuts from the trees to a breeding program run by the American Chestnut Foundation, which is trying to produce a disease-resistant hybrid.

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Environmentalists and timber workers assess Tas forest peace deal (radio)

ABC News, Australia
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

One of the key environmental negotiators in the Tasmanian forest agreement has visited a forest that will now be protected and could soon be included in the state’s world heritage area. While some other groups still oppose the multi-million-dollar deal workers at the Ta Ann veneer mill think the agreement will bring them job security and new markets for the company’s timber products.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Rural community yearns for power

Prince George Citizen
May 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

… Fed by wood chips, the Kwadacha biomass power generator would be introduced in three stages. The first phase will be to install a heat-only woody biomass generator close to the town. The system being recommended is already proven in more than 150 locations in Europe but it would be the first of its kind in North America. Because of its small size, it would not be a load-following system and would not be capable of responding to peak power demands. If all goes according to plan, it should be in place by the spring of 2014.

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Minnesota forests provide opportunity for biomass thermal

Biomass Magazine
May 1, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Forrest Boe, director of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry, said the state presents challenges and opportunities for thermal biomass utilization at the second annual Heating the Midwest Conference and Expo on April 25. Boe said one of the greatest challenges currently facing forest managers not only in Minnesota, but nationally, is the restoration and maintenance of the forest ecosystems.

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