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Daily Archives: May 9, 2013

Business & Politics

Forest products CEOs turn to non-traditional business models for sustainability and growth:PwC

Canada Newswire press release
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

VANCOUVER,  – After several challenging years, the world’s forest products sector is beginning to show signs of recovery, according to the forestry feature in PwC’s recent 16th Annual CEO Survey . “We are seeing optimism that demand and prices will continue to strengthen in the solid wood sector, but recovery in the pulp and paper sector will likely lag,” said Mike Vermette, partner in PwC’s Deals practice. “Assuming that the rise in US housing continues over the medium term and China’s economy continues to grow as predicted; the stage is being set for a potentially strong market for softwood lumber.”

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Blue Ridge Timber plan approved

Nelson Star
May 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A local forest company has been given the go ahead to harvest more wood under the suspended Meadow Creek Cedar license. According to the Ministry of Forests, the district manager approved Blue Ridge Timber’s new forest stewardship plan on April 22. Although the license remains under suspension until all requirements under a remediation order are met, a new variance has been issued allowing for more cutting permits.

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Investigation report into deadly Burns Lake sawmill explosion provides details of failure to manage wood dust

The Vancouver Sun
May 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The root cause of a deadly explosion at Babine Forest Products was a failure to recognize and manage the explosive risks of wood dust, concluded a B.C. Safety Authority investigation report obtained by The Vancouver Sun. The report completed four months ago provides the first details of investigations into the explosion and fire Jan. 20, 2012 at the mill near Burns Lake in northern B.C., which killed two workers and injured 20 others.

Union calls for release of full report on Burns Lake sawmill explosion from the Metro

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Union joins environmentalists in call for stricter controls on raw log exports

by Judith Lavoie
Victoria Times Colonist
May 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The volume of raw logs exported from B.C. more than tripled between 2002 and 2012, prompting forestry workers to join with the Ancient Forest Alliance to push for more stringent log-export restrictions. During the last decade, 30,000 forest workers lost their jobs and more than 70 mills shut down, said Arnold Bercov, Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada forestry officer. “The B.C. Liberals have decimated the province’s forestry workforce through massive raw-log exports, industry deregulation and unsustainable jobs,” he said. “We lost both our forests and our jobs. It’s nuts.”

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New era of forest tenure

Northern Ontario Business
May 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

A new model for allocating Crown timber supply along the northeast­ern shore of Lake Superior went into effect in April. In March, Marathon’s Daryl Skworchinski was appointed chairman of the Nawiingi­nokiima Forest Management Corporation. Serving with him on the board is Grant Good­win, Donald Fry, Raymond Boudreau, Tina Forsyth, and Gaétan Malette.

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Expert confident NS will lead country in export growth

TheChronicleHerald.ca
May 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

… In addition to a boost to natural gas exports as a result of Deep Panuke coming on stream, the rebirth of the paper mill at the Strait of Canso will also have a positive impact on provincial exports, he says. Since the pulp and paper industry everywhere seems to be struggling to survive, Hall says, the fact that Port Hawkesbury Paper, formerly known as NewPage Port Hawkesbury, has come back from the brink “is actually quite a statement to make.” Nova Scotia’s exports declined by 14.2 per cent in 2012 due to several factors. 

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Fire damages Norpac pulp mill ‘bag house’

Longview Daily News
May 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Cowlitz 2 and Longview firefighters extinguished a fire in a decommissioned dust collector at the Norpac pulp mill Wednesday morning. No one was injured, and the company did not lose any production time. The call came in at 9:19 a.m. and firefighters could see smoke billowing above the mill from blocks away, Longview Battalion Chief Troy Buzalsky said.

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Lumber mills boost production as home starts rebound

Puget Sound Business Journal
May 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Sawmills are booting up again in Washington state, as national housing starts hit a pace in March to reach a million for the year, for the first time since the recession. …The return to production is gradual, because many mills need new equipment and restoration after being shut down for several years, Church said. For instance, the Colville Tribal Federal Corp. has signed a 25-year lease with Wood Resources LLC, to reopen the Colville plywood mill in Omak, Wash., which has been shut since 2009.

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3-Day Auction of Catalyst Paper Mill begins May 14th

PRNewswire
May 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Rabin Worldwide will hold an auction of the entire contents of the Catalyst Paper Mill in Snowflake, Arizona on May 14, 15 & 16. The auction will be conducted live and online, and is being held in conjunction with Capital Recovery Group, PPL Group, and Hackman Capital. “It is a rarity to have such a wide variety of equipment for sale at an auction. In addition to the specialized paper machinery you would expect at this facility, much of the inventory is applicable to a wide range of industries.” said Richard Reese, President/CEO of Rabin Worldwide.

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Bill forces Xcel to pay Laurentian more for wood energy

The legislation, expected to save Laurentian about $1.4 million annually, passed the Minnesota House on Tuesday night by a 76-55 margin.
Duluth News Tribune
May 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Legislation that forces Xcel Energy to pay the full cost of wood-fired electricity from Laurentian Energy generators in Virginia and Hibbing is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton to be signed into law. The legislation, expected to save Laurentian about $1.4 million annually, passed the Minnesota House on Tuesday night by a 76-55 margin. An identical version had already passed the Senate. Current law requires Twin Cities-based Xcel to purchase power from wood-farm biomass generation facilities owned and operated by Laurentian.

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Mercer International Inc. to Present at Upcoming Barclays 2013 High Yield and Syndicated Loan Conference

GLOBE NEWSWIRE
May 8, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Mercer International Inc. today announced that Executive Vice President, CFO and Secretary David Gandossi will be presenting at the following upcoming conference: Barclays 2013 High Yield Bond and Syndicated Loan Conference, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm, JW Marriott Chicago, 151 W. Adams Street Chicago, IL. A copy of the presentation will be posted in the “Investors Presentations” section on the Company’s web site (http://www.mercerint.com/s/Presentations.asp) on the morning of the event.

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Jefferson sawmill cited by OSHA for workplace safety violations

Bangor Daily News
May 7, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — A sawmill in Jefferson faces $79,310 in fines after being cited for seven violations of workplace safety standards, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday. NC Hunt Inc. was cited by OSHA for violations including not using energy control procedures to prevent employees from being struck by a logging carriage, lack of guardrails on walkways and lack of warning signs to prevent entry into the logging carriage path, Maine OSHA director William Coffin said. Similar violations were reported in 2009, he said.

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Forestry boss’ contract terminated

ABC News, Australia
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The contract of Forestry Tasmania’s managing director Bob Gordon has been terminated. The board has ended Mr Gordon’s contract, saying it needs fresh leadership to take on new challenges facing the state-owned company. Chairman Bob Annells says the board had been discussing Mr Gordon’s possible departure for some time. “We’ve agreed to, mutually agreed, to a termination of his contract,” he said. “So no, it’s not, you wouldn’t deal with it as a resignation, it is actually a mutually agreed termination.”

Tasmanian forestry boss to quit from the AAP

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Anti-LEED bill goes before NC House today

Charlotte Business Journal
May 8, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The N.C. House of Representatives is set to vote today on a bill that would ban the use of the LEED green building rating system on public projects. House Bill 628 would insert new language in a section of state law that calls for energy- and water-use standards for major public facility construction and renovation projects. N.C. Reps. Michele Presnell (R-Haywood) and Rick Catlin (R-New Hanover) are the primary sponsors of the bill, filed April 9.

Timber interests pitted against green builders from the NC Capitol

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NC House gives tentative approval to anti-LEED bill

Charlotte Business Journal
May 8, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The N.C. House of Representatives approved 78-34 a second reading of a bill that is expected to bar public projects from using the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program. House Bill 628 — titled Protect/Promote NC Lumber — says those projects may use “a nationally recognized high-performance environmental building rating system” if that green building program doesn’t use a credit system “disadvantaging materials or products manufactured or produced” in North Carolina.

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Forestry

Forest industry looks to social media to appeal to youth

Whitecourt Star
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two students will be spending their summer combining an internship in the forestry sector with social media. Patrick Pickard, Whitecourt local and chemical engineering student at the University of Alberta, will be working in technical support for the pulp division at Millar Western Forest Products here in Whitecourt. Pickard will be involved with the development of the company’s bio-energy project, now under construction, that will use innovative technology to generate renewable energy from a pulp mill waste stream.

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Liberal leader Christy Clark to talk forestry during northern visit

Canadian Press
May 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE — Premier Christy Clark will be in Burns Lake this morning, visiting the site of a devastating mill explosion that killed two men last year. The explosion and fire at Babine Forest Products killed Robert Luggie and Carl Charlie in January 2012 and injured 20 other employees. In December, the Liberal government announced that the owner, Hampton Affiliates Ltd., would rebuild the mill after the province signed deals to guarantee timber supply.

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Candidates economic outlook and solutions

Nanaimo News Bulletin
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

… Doug Routley, NDP candidate for Nanaimo-North Cowichan, said key issues affecting the economy in his riding centre on ferry fares and the forest industry. “The challenges of rising fares really implicate the sustainability of local economies particularly in the small communities,” Routley said. “Forestry is a very big issue on Vancouver Island where it’s private land-based or where a very high percentage of logging goes toward exports.” Routley said he wants to see more jobs provided by the resources that are being taken.

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TimberWest and The Nature Trust of British Columbia Sign MOU

Memorandum Establishes Relationship to Conserve Biodiversity
Canada Newswire press release
May 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – TimberWest announced today that the Company has signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” (“MOU”) with The Nature Trust of British Columbia to further a working relationship aimed at conserving biodiversity on Vancouver Island. Both TimberWest and The Nature Trust are BC-based organizations with interests in, on and around Vancouver Island. TimberWest and The Nature Trust have a history of cooperation and a legacy of conservation agreements, including the permanent protection of approximately180 hectares of habitat on Vancouver Island’s Englishman River.

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Some fresh voices in Victoria would be good

The Province
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

…And then there’s Independent MLA Bob Simpson (Cariboo North), who may go down in B.C. history as the greatest forest minister or environment minister we never had. …It was also Simpson who almost single-handedly forced the Liberals to back away from a highly contentious tree-farm licence scheme that would have handed de facto private-property rights in B.C.’s public forestlands to a handful of big forest companies, Liberal Party contributors all.

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Maritime forest fires under control

CTV News
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Two families have lost everything after a forest fire ravaged their homes in southeastern New Brunswick. The fire in the River Glade area, located about 35 kilometres southwest of Moncton, was the largest of a number of big forest fires in all three Maritime provinces. About 100 emergency workers battled the massive blaze Tuesday afternoon and into the night.

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North Shore forest fire almost out

CBC.ca
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Firefighters on P.E.I.’s North Shore are mopping up the last few hot spots of a forest fire that started Tuesday afternoon. The fire, which started mid-afternoon Tuesday, was still burning in some areas of low brush Wednesday morning. Officials were concerned that as the sun warmed up the surrounding area it could flare up again. The fire burned about 40 hectares of land.

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New Brunswick battles 2 more forest fires

New fires break out in Perth-Andover and York County as 2 other fires continue to burn
CBC News
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Two new forest fires have broken out in New Brunswick, bringing the total to at least five in the province in the past day. The latest fire was burning out of control in the York County area, west of Fredericton, as of appproximately 8 p.m. AT Wednesday, according to provincial Department of Natural Resources officials.

New Brunswick natural resources minister calls on public to heed burning ban from the Canadian Press

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Frozen ground halts northern tree planters

Tree planters in northwestern Ont. say they are three weeks behind schedule
CBC News
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Hundreds of tree planters across the Northwest will have to wait for some warm weather before getting to work as the there is still snow cover in many areas. For tree planters like Chris McCallum, the delay could affect his paycheque throughout the summer. Usually by now, McCallum said he’d already be working in the bush. But he’s heard from colleagues there’s still a couple feet of snow. “The ground’s … still frozen and you’ve got to wait for it to thaw,” he said. “Until that ground’s like nice and soft, the trees can’t go in there.”

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Forest Service ignites 400 acres in Ninemile

The Missoulian
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A column of smoke above the Ninemile Ranger District headquarters on Tuesday marked a successful controlled burn, according to District Ranger Chad Benson. “We’re feeling really good about it,” Benson said Wednesday. “The smoke didn’t get out as forecast yesterday, so we laid up a little bit. It does look like a large burn, because it is.” The project used a helicopter to set fire to a 350-acre patch of timber in the Rock Creek drainage due north of the ranger station. Hand crews also torched another 50-acre parcel Tuesday.

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Savenac Nursery: A legacy of forestry

Clark Fork Valley Press
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In 1907, a forester named Elers Koch was on his honeymoon in Mineral County. While on horseback, Koch came across an abandoned homestead along the Savenac Creek and dreamed of building a nursery. Koch’s dream would soon become a reality and begin over 100 years of forestry history at the Savenac nursery. Work began on the nursery the following spring, with forest service members preparing seed beds and planting the first trees at the site.

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Forest rangers battling large brush fire in Washington County

Bangor Daily News
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Forest rangers and firefighters battled a large brush fire — which they considered suspicious — in this Washington County township Wednesday. Lt. Jeff Currier, a regional ranger with the Maine Forest Service, said crews were still working that fire, located just north of Columbia Falls near a former radar site, as of 7 p.m. The fire was reported shortly after 11 a.m., had consumed about 75 acres by 1:15 p.m. and was actively spreading through grass, brush and immature softwood growth.

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Portland gets back to its historical roots by planting scientifically-enhanced American chestnuts

Bangor Daily News
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland city officials are hoping to finally overcome the century-old ailments that stripped the Forest City of some its most prominent trees. The latest and perhaps most high-profile step in the fight back came as Portland became one of the first to plant the latest version of blight-resistant American chestnut trees, the results of 30 years of backcross breeding and more than $30 million in nationwide research, according to the city.

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Forestry Commission declares war on oak tree caterpillar

Smallholder
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forestry Commission is planning aerial spraying of an area of woodland near Pangbourne in West Berkshire. A helicopter will spray the woodland twice over a seven to 14-day period. This is the time when caterpillars of the oak processionary moth, which is a risk to tree, animal and human health, are emerging from eggs in oak trees. The product sprayed will be Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterial agent which occurs naturally and widely in soil. Bt is very safe when used by fully qualified operators in compliance with the strict health, safety and environmental protection regulations governing its use.

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New forest ‘not good’ for Largs?

Largs and Millport Weekly News
May 8, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SOME readers have complained to the ‘News’ that the plan for a huge area of new treeplanting on the Largs hills will be harmful. One of the correspondents, Caroline Morgan stated: “I just don’t understand the logic behind planting trees on land that is so often buffeted (putting it mildly) by strong wind? “Also if you were to go up the old Greenock Road and almost to Loch Thom you would see the effect of ‘managed’ forestry work- it is absolutley devastating to see.

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Changed native timber harvesting laws draw mixed response

ABC News, Australia
May 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Victorian Government says changes to native timber harvesting laws will support industry but anti-forestry campaigners say they are a backwards step. Changes to the Sustainable Forest Timber Acts passed the state’s Upper House this week. They will allow the timber management body VicForests to offer long-term contracts of up to 20 years to companies logging native forests. …”Incredibly regressive. They take us into an era of ongoing woodchipping of our native forests,” she said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Desertification affects 400m Chinese

China Daily
May 8, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Some 400 million Chinese people’s livelihoods are affected by desertification, which takes up 27.46 percent of the total land area, said a forestry official on Tuesday. Sun Zhagen, deputy chief of the Chinese Forestry Administration, said that climate change, population increase and economic development are main reasons causing the land degradation, making China one of the countries most seriously affected by land degradation in the world. This is a global issue.

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General

USFS looks at wrong year for cuts

The Missoulian
May 9, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

The U.S. Forest Service is certainly taking a novel approach to the sequestration. Told to cut 5 percent of its budget, the federal agency concluded that it needs to add money instead – and decided to do so by demanding the return of dollars it’s already spent. …Now, dozens of states are struggling to come up with a reasonable response to the Forest Service’s very unreasonable request – Montana among them, with more than $1 million at stake.

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