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Daily Archives: May 3, 2013

Business & Politics

Rentech Acquires Wood Chip Processor Fulghum Fibres; Also Enters Growing Wood Pellet Industry with Contracts to Supply Over Four Million Metric Tons to Utilities from Two Plants

BusinessWire
May 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Rentech, Inc. today announced the acquisition of Georgia-based Fulghum Fibres, Inc. and the acquisition of two facilities for conversion to the production of wood pellets in Ontario, Canada, along with contracts for the sale and transport of more than four million metric tons of wood pellets over ten years. These steps position Rentech to develop a world class wood processing business for production of high-quality wood chips and pellets. Rentech expects these investments to be funded from cash on hand, expected distributions from Rentech Nitrogen, and investments from a joint venture partner.

Quebec Stevedoring gets wood pellet handling contract from MM&D

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Stella-Jones Q1 profit jumps 25% as sales rise on acquisition

Proactive Investors USA & Canada
May 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Stella-Jones advanced 2.7 per cent after it said net income in the first quarter rose 25 per cent as sales increased 36.7 per cent to $217.0 million, citing “sustained demand” for the company’s core railway tie and utility pole products. The latest quarter represents the first full period that includes the operating results of McFarland Cascade Holdings, which it acquired last November.

Stella-Jones sees strong growth ahead from Montreal Gazette

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Canfor Corp. reports first-quarter profit, sales up from year ago

Canadian Press
May 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

VANCOUVER – Lumber producer Canfor Corp. said Wednesday it earned $67.5 million in its latest quarter compared with a loss a year ago, helped by a strengthening U.S. housing market. The company said the profit amounted to 43 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31 compared with a loss of $12.9 million or 13 cents per share a year ago. Sales totalled $786.3 million, up from $593.8 million.

Canfor reports $61.9 million net income in Q1 2013 from Business in Vancouver

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Canfor makes big ticket buy

Prince George Citizen
May 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor has purchased the first ticket to a sporting event at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. In fact the forestry corporation has purchased the first $300,000 worth of tickets. All of them will be reserved seating for students from across northern B.C. in the various communities where Canfor operates. Part of the money will also help arrange travel for regional students to attend the games. “There was little doubt Canfor would step up as a significant partner,” said Canfor CEO Don Kayne at the company’s annual general meeting Wednesday.

Canfor signs on as a sponsor of the Winter Games from HQ Prince George

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NDP’s plan to reduce log exports could hurt B.C.’s forest industry: observers

Canadian Press
May 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix plans to reduce British Columbia’s log exports, operating on the campaign slogan “B.C. logs for B.C. jobs.” But the promise to reduce log exports has been made — and broken — before….Rick Jeffery, president and CEO of Coast Forest Products Association,
said every thousand cubic metres of logs exported leads to a job in the
industry for a logger, truck driver or longshoreman.

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Mill proposal draws support

Vernon Morning Star
May 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

There appears to be broad support for a Grindrod company’s expansion plans. About 150 people attended an Agricultural Land Commission meeting Tuesday to discuss North Enderby Timber’s application to swap property for industrial activities. “It was a packed house,” said Jackie Pearase, Regional District of North Okanagan director. “There was huge support for the mill. It was about 50 people (in favour) speaking to five (against) with some sitting on the fence.”

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Election issue: forests and logging

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
May 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The B.C. Liberals and NDP agree on one thing when it comes to B.C.’s vast forest resource: marketing B.C. wood to Asian markets remains a high priority. Their bitterest disagreement is over log exports, although neither party offers a clear strategy as the May 14 election approaches. The NDP election platform blasts the B.C. Liberals for presiding over a doubling of log exports to 5.7 million cubic metres between 2009 and 2012, with “no plan to curtail the flow.

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Homebuilders Getting Nailed By Rising Materials Costs

Investor’s Business Daily
May 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

As if U.S. homebuilders haven’t had enough woes over the last few years, there’s now this: rising costs of materials and labor that are squeezing already-tight margins. Prices of essential building materials for home construction — such as lumber, gypsum and concrete — have been on a rapid rise as demand for these goods outpaces supply. At the same time, for some builders, prices of homes aren’t rising fast enough to cover the added expenses, leaving many of them with no choice but to swallow the costs.

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International Paper’s Net Earnings Up

Memphis Daily News
May 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Memphis-based International Paper Co. reported net earnings Thursday, May 2, of $318 million for the first quarter of 2013, a $130 million increase from a year ago. …IP chairman and CEO John Faraci told analysts on a morning conference call the overall performance for the quarter was “muted by seasonally slow demand across our global operations, weak earnings from xpedx and an unfavorable foreign exchange swing at Ilim.”

International Paper profit boxed in by weak packaging demand from Reuters

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North American Hardwood Exports

woodworkingnetwork.com
May 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Recently released trade data show that U.S. hardwood lumber exports totaled 114 million board feet in February 2013, a new February record. Monthly shipments to China surpassed 50 MMBF for the first time, even though Chinese New Year celebrations fell during the month. Whatever lingering resistance Asian buyers exhibited to further price increases in March seemed to fade in April. Many had slowed purchases in previous months in hopes of improving supplies and lower prices in the spring.

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Boise Inc. reports loss, plans layoff at Minnesota plant

Idaho Statesman
May 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

BOISE — Boise Inc. reported a net loss of $1.2 million for the first quarter of 2013, down from a net profit of $21.3 million during the same quarter last year. Sales totaled $607.3 million, down from $644.8 million a year earlier. The paper-products maker said most of the loss — $22.4 million — is due to anticipated “cold outage” costs that come up every five years at the company’s mill in DeRidder, La.

Boise to cut 300 jobs, close 2 paper machines in International Falls from Duluth News Tribune

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Boise plans $111M revamp at DeRidder mill

Associated Press
May 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

DERIDDER, La. — Boise Inc. plans a $111 million revamp at its mill in DeRidder to change a newsprint machine idled since 2009 to one that will make packaging components. The company’s vice president of manufacturing, Mark Haser, and Gov. Bobby Jindal held a news conference Thursday in DeRidder to announce the plan. The expansion will add 54 permanent jobs to the 440 at the plant and create 600 construction jobs, according to a news release.

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Rough and Ready Lumber Mill Forced To Close, What’s Next For Laid-Off Employees?

KOBI-TV NBC 5 / KOTI-TV NBC 2
May 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A devastating loss for Southern Oregon The last saw mill in Josephine County is forced to close up shop. taking 88 jobs with them. But for the first time last night, Rough and Ready Lumber employees gathered to hear what’s going to happen to them. NBC5’s Laura Cavanaugh reports. … That’s why Worksource Oregon and a number of community partners, even official from Salem, came together Wednesday to provide coaching and guidance to the 88 recently laid off employees from the Cave Junction mill.

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Idaho company will reopen sawmill closed in ’08

The Associated Press
May 1, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

An Idaho company has bought a shuttered sawmill in Coushatta and plans to reopen it later this year, creating 90 jobs, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday. The mill closed in 2008 because of the recession. Idaho Timber LLC, of Boise, is renovating the mill recently purchased from Hood Industries of Hattiesburg, Miss., and expects to reopen it in the third quarter of this year, president and CEO Ted Ellis told a news conference Tuesday. He said the company wanted to expand in the South, and liked the Coushatta mill for its flexibility, the area’s skilled workforce and its timber supply.

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Montorose Forest Products Showing How Private Sector can Create Jobs, Reduce Wildfire Risk

Visit to Montorose Business Comes as Udall, 12 Senators Urge President to Not Chop Back Timber Sales Program
FireEngineering.com
May 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

The following information was released by Colorado Senator Mark Udall: Following a visit to Montrose Forest Products a Western Slope sawmill turning beetle-kill and other forest products into commercial lumber Mark Udall said he plans to continue fighting for public-private partnerships between the U.S. Forest Service and the timber industry to create jobs, reduce wildfire risks and improve the health of our national forests. Udall,… , said Montrose Forest Products is a great example of how private companies can help turn forest health problems into profit and jobs.

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Daines approves of Tester’s logging mandate plan

KPAX-TV
May 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Congressman Steve Daines says Senator Jon Tester is on the right track with his plan to mandate logging on federal land in Montana. At an event in Helena Daines told us he could possibly carry Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act in the House. As a member of the Natural Resources committee Daines says environmental groups keep blocking attempts to log on federal land. He believes Montanans need to be allowed to harvest timber off federal land and Tester’s bill might be the ticket.

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Housing Recovery Checked by Cost Increases, Labor Shortages

Businessweek
May 2, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Marty Mitchell’s company in Rockville, Md., builds homes priced from $700,000 to $1.6 million. Business is brisk and could be better. Costs of everything from lumber to labor have been rising faster than anyone in the industry imagined only a short time ago. “We certainly expected some increases as the market improved, but costs have really shot up in the past six months or so,” says the deputy chief executive officer of Mitchell & Best Homebuilders.

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Forestry

New spar tree raised using old school method

Alberni Valley News
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jack James has raised so many spar trees in his 50-year logging career, that the joke is he can do it in his sleep. But that didn’t lessen the excitement on Sunday as James led a volunteer effort to raise a new 100-foot spar tree at McLean Mill National Historic Site. The spar tree is a focal point of the steam donkey logging demonstration at the mill. The pole raised in April 2009 had rotted in the centre, so it was cut down and a “new” tree—about 172 years old—was donated by Todd Thompson.

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TimberWest confirms blast at Wolf Lake Wednesday

Comox Valley Record
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

TimberWest has confirmed a contractor working in the Wolf Lake area around 6 a.m. Wednesday did indeed cause the loud explosion noise heard throughout the Comox Valley all the way to Campbell River. “It was part of a road blasting operation, and the blast was scheduled in the morning to avoid public traffic,” explained Sue Handel, manager of communications for TimberWest. “The contractor clearly didn’t realize how loud the blast would be.”

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Lawsuit aims to save endangered Douglas fir ecosystems on Vancouver Island

by Judith Lavoie
Victoria Times Colonist
May 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environmental groups are suing the provincial government in hopes of saving the last remaining pockets of coastal Douglas fir forests on Vancouver Island. The Wilderness Committee, ForestEthics Solutions and Ecojustice filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday seeking a court order preventing the province from allowing logging on Crown land in the coastal Douglas fir biogeoclimatic zone. The groups are claiming that the province is violating its own laws, which are supposed to protect ecosystems from destruction.

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Grassy Narrows appealing Ontario Court of Appeal decision to the Supreme Court of Canada

Kenora Daily Miner and News
May 1, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Grassy Narrows First Nation has decided it will be appealing a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision that struck down restrictions on logging inside their traditional territory. According to Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister, the band’s lawyer is in the process of submitting the matter to the Supreme Court of Canada. The details of what the appeal to Canada’s highest court is being based on will not be made public for another week or two.

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$250,000 Grant to Fund Assessment of Urban Forests and Climate Change in Five U.S. Cities

The FINANCIAL
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

National conservation organization American Forests announced that it has received a $250,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to conduct urban forest assessments in five U.S. cities over the next six months… It is estimated that urban trees in the lower 48 states remove approximately 784,000 tons of air pollution annually, with a value of $3.8 billion1. Our nation is losing urban forest canopy at a rate of around four million trees a year. With urban forests declining, critical ecosystems that are vital to creating healthy and livable communities are being lost, making assessments and the development of restoration strategies for urban forests imperative.

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Evacuations ordered as gusting winds drive new blazes near homes, campus in California

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

Firefighters were able to beat back a powerful wildfire that bore down on a dry Southern California city, limiting the damages to a single house and curbing the threat to hundreds more. But the difficult conditions that helped fuel the 4 1/2 square-mile blaze in Riverside County on Wednesday could be even worse in parts of the state Thursday. “Today was a transition day,” state fire spokesman Julie Hutchinson said. “Tomorrow is the big wind day”

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Alaska governor refuses US Forest Service demand for return of funds due to budget cuts

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

Alaska’s governor is refusing to repay or return more than $800,000 to the U.S. Forest Service due to automatic federal budget cuts. Gov. Sean Parnell, in a letter to the agency’s chief, dated Sunday, said he doesn’t believe the Forest Service is authorized to demand the money back or to reduce funding to offset the cost. He said he won’t ask the Legislature to consider the request. “This sequester dilemma highlights the continued failure of the United States Forest Service to successfully manage the nation’s forests, especially the Tongass,” he said in the letter.

Forest Service to states: Give subsidies back from Associated Press

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Beetle-mania

Is Colorado ready for a new beetle infestation?
Boulder Weekly
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After suffering more than 15 years of a mountain pine beetle outbreak, Colorado’s forests are now facing another bark beetle epidemic. Last year, 183,000 acres of Colorado’s forests were infested with the spruce beetle, bringing the total acreage affected by spruce beetles to just under 1 million since the initial outbreak in 1996. The area affected by spruce beetles is still smaller than pine beetles, who affect some 3.4 million acres of forests in Colorado, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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Skier donations build forest conservation legacy

National Forest Foundation awards $650,000 for stewardship work
Summit County Citizens Voice
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thanks to voluntary contributions from ski resort visitors, the the U.S. Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation will partner to invest about $650,000 in forest restoration and recreation projects. The donations are collected in a voluntary add-on to ticket and lodging sales, a dollar or two at a time. … The Ski Conservation Fund has been around since 2007 and has invested about $3 million in forest projects. All four Summit County ski areas participate in the program.

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Forest project funded

Ruidoso News
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The South Central Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council recently awarded a grant to fund a project aimed at reducing the risk of fire by removing fuels and increasing the capacity of local firefighters to respond to wildfires in Lincoln County. The local non-profit organization manages multiple area thinning and cost-share projects and was awarded a three-year $450,000 U.S. Forest Service Collaborative Forest Restoration Project Grant, with $360,000 from the USFS and a $90,000 match from local non-federal partners.

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Rep. Scott Tipton outlines healthy forest, wildfire prevention bill

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

Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, was in Denver on Thursday for a field hearing of the Congressional Western Caucus hosted at the state Capitol. The theme of the hearing focused on forest health, wildfires and habitat protection, which provided Tipton an optimal venue to tout legislation he is carrying that would provide state and local elected officials the authority to designate high-risk wildfire areas. House Resolution 818, the Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act, outlines a plan to proactively invest in and streamline hazardous fuels reduction projects.

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Logging halts after damage to archaeological site

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

CHESTER, Calif. — A Native American group is clashing with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and state officials over logging at a site in Northern California.  PG&E Corp. has announced plans to suspend logging at the 368-acre site in the Humbug Valley after reports that a Maidu Indian archaeological site was damaged, the Sacramento Bee reported on Thursday. ..PG&E has temporarily expanded a buffer area at the site from an acre to 3 acres. It is now working to develop a new protection plan for the area, the Bee reported.

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New Steps to Protect Ash Trees from the Emerald Ash Borer

abc40
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Asian insect has killed millions of Ash Trees since it arrived in the U.S. in 2002. Last year, the Ash Borer made its way to the town of Dalton making Massachusetts the 18th state to have the insect. But we found traps are now being set to prevent the spread of these insects. Green-metallic in color and smaller than a penny, this tiny creature causes a lot of trouble. Emerald Ash Borers attack Ash Trees. Once infesting a tree within 3 to 5 years, it dies.

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Forestry deal ‘old fashioned’ funding

ABC Local
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Australian Greens leader is maintaining her opposition to the forest peace deal but is refusing to criticise the Tasmanian Greens. Greens leader Nick McKim and three other Greens MPs voted with Labor to ensure the peace deal became law. Braddon MHA Kim Booth crossed the floor to vote against it. Federal funding has been unlocked to help sawmillers exit Tasmania’s ailing timber industry with $15 million allocated to buy back high-quality sawlog contracts.

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Greater Mekong countries ‘lost one-third of forest cover in 40 years’

Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam have lost nearly 40m ha of forest cover since 1980, a new report shows
The Guardian
May 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Five Asian countries have lost nearly one-third of their forests in the last 35 years and could be left with little more than 10-20% of their original cover by 2030 – with devastating effects on wildlife and humans, a new report suggests. Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam have lost nearly 40m hectares (ha) of forest cover since 1980 but have retained about 98m ha of natural forest, just over half of the region’s land area.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Renewable energy firms accuse activists of scaremongering over biomass

The Guardian
May 2, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A major row has broken out between green campaigners and companies using wood, straw, waste and other “biomass” fuels to run power stations over how environmentally friendly such fuels are. The Renewable Energy Association has disclosed to the Guardian a letter accusing some of the UK’s biggest green NGOs of scaremongering over their vocal opposition to the use of biomass in generating energy.

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