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Business & Politics

George Martin of NewPage Named 2013 PIMA Executive of the Year

MyPrintResource.com
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

George F. Martin, president and chief executive officer, New Page, has been named winner of the 2013 PIMA Executive of the Year Award. The award is PIMA’s highest honor and is bestowed on senior-level executives in the pulp, paper or converting industries for excellence in management and outstanding contributions to the industry as a whole. “During an exemplary career in senior management and operations spanning 29 years in the industry George Martin has exemplified the strong leadership skills and vision that are absolutely critical for success in today’s global pulp and paper business,” said Larry N. Montague, TAPPI president and CEO.

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NDP visits speciality Maple Ridge cedar mill

Maple Ridge News
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Harald Mischke admits forestry is a complicated business and that he doesn’t have all the answers, but some are just common sense. Mischke owns Cedarland Forest Products, at the north end of 256th Street in Maple Ridge. With just a few companies now harvesting, he has to rely on one to supply the huge western red cedar slabs that the mill turns into high-end decking, siding and panelling, which it sells around the world. It’s a precarious existence.

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Lumber’s transformation into next hot commodity brings profits, problems for B.C. forestry companies

by Gordon Hamilton
Vancouver Sun
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The British Columbia wood products industry is moving into an unprecedented period of rising prices and demand for its products, bringing with it a new set of problems along with the profits. Forest companies that are emerging from seven years of pain now have two hungry markets to feed: China and the United States. How that unfolds remains an open question, according to speakers Thursday at a global forestry conference organized by consulting firm PwC.

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BC Safety Authority Explains Report Issue

250 News
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The BC Safety Authority has released a detailed statement on why it did not release the full 97 report on its investigation into the Babine Forest Products mill explosion and fire. It was revealed this week that the full report was not made public and that the BCSA ordered copies of the report be destroyed. In its statement, BCSA says it chose not to release the full investigation report “to avoid compromising Crown Counsel’s review of a referral from WorkSafe B.C.”

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Clark cites her leadership in rebuilding of Burns Lake sawmill

by Justine Hunter
Globe and Mail
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark carved her name in the fresh concrete foundation of the new Burns Lake sawmill, saying it is proof of her “strong leadership” that helped convince the owners to rebuild after a deadly explosion 16 months ago. But those same owners, Hampton Affiliates, could still face charges over the condition of the old mill. Speaking to reporters, Ms. Clark defended her government’s role in suppressing parts of a four-month-old safety report that pointed to a buildup of wood dust as the source of combustion.

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Union accepts Kruger deal at Corner Brook mill

The Telegram
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Corner Brook Pulp and Paper and the last union without a deal representing workers inside the mill have reached a collective agreement. Members of Lodge 1567 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted Wednesday night to accept the deal. The union represents almost 40 machinists, millwrights and welders working at the mill, which is owned by Kruger Inc. The agreement will expire in one year.

Corner Brook mill owners, union sign new agreement from CBC News
Not a package deal from the Western Star

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Paper firm: Truckers breaking law

Contractors rap company for saying refusal to deliver wood violates federal act
TheChronicleHerald.ca
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Port Hawkesbury Paper says it’s illegal for trucking contractors to refuse to deliver wood to its Point Tupper pulp and paper mill. In a statement sent out Wednesday night, the company that took over the bankrupt NewPage Port Hawkesbury Corp. plant last year — with significant financial assistance from the provincial government — claimed the actions of the Northeastern Pulp Truckers Association violate the federal Competition Act.

Truckers Protest Paper Mill Wages from the Today’s Trucking

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New forestry maps can entice value-added companies

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

A Lakehead University wood scien­tist has the map to success for for­est products companies looking to source the cream of the fibre crop in northwestern Ontario. Mat Leitch, an associate professor with the faculty of natural resources manage­ment, expects to release forest resource maps this summer showing the value and quality of various underutilized tree spe­cies across the region. Faculty and students have spent the last few years compiling data of the physical and mechanical properties of undervalued tree species in the hopes of matching them with forest producers.

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Hollund Industrial Marine Expands Relations – Set To Move On Second Concession

PRNewswire
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BLAINE, Wash. — Hollund Industrial Marine, Inc. announced today that the company has expanded its consultancy base and strategic alliances in Central & South America, affording HIMR greater political and socioeconomic access to concession and distribution outlets throughout Latin America. “With the assistance of North Cal, we have developed a strategic alliance and working relationship with a prominent Central American lumber company,” stated Peter Meier, President of Hollund Industrial Marine.

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Reality Check: US Lumber Prices Off Highs After Supply Surge

MNI News
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

PHILADELPHIA (MNI) – U.S. lumber prices are falling in response to a late, cold spring in some parts of the country, and to a sharp first-quarter production increase by mills that may have overestimated gains in housing starts, lumber industry participants said. By early May, industry benchmark prices were off their highs for the year so far although much stronger than year-ago levels amid growing evidence of increasing demand for construction of single-family homes and especially multi-family buildings. 

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Sappi results for 2nd quarter ended March 2013 reflect mixed markets

PRNewswire
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Commenting on the result, Sappi Chief Executive Officer Ralph Boettger said: “The Specialised Cellulose and North American businesses continue to perform well and the investments in the conversions at the Ngodwana and Cloquet Mills have progressed according to plan. Dissolving wood pulp production is scheduled to start at these two mills during the 3rd quarter.

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Gov. Beshear announced upgrade for Domtar Paper Company in Hancock County

14News.com
May 9, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

HAWESVILLE, KY – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced an upgrade to a large Hancock County Employer. Domtar Paper Company in Hawesville plans on upgrading existing equipment at their facility which will allow them to keep more than 450 jobs. The company plans on investing $10-million to construct a new conveyor system which will allow the company to transport its product directly between the plant and the nearby Ohio River.

Paper Company to Invest More in Hancock County Plant, Retain Jobs from WKU Public Radio News

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Gunns liquidator sounds takeover warning

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

The liquidator of the collapsed Tasmanian timber company Gunns has warned plantation scheme investors against accepting a takeover offer from Macquarie Group. Macquarie Group has approached investors with a plan to transfer control of hundreds of thousands of hectares of timber plantations to the firm WA Blue Gum. Under the restructure, investors would continue to own the trees and pay pruning and management fees to WA Blue Gum until harvest. But Gunns’ liquidator PPB Advisory wants to sell the trees over the next four months and distribute the proceeds among investors.

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Axe may fall on more forestry jobs

ABC News, Australia
May 10, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry Tasmania’s chairman is not ruling out further job cuts at the state-owned company as the forest peace deal is implemented. The board has terminated the contract of the company’s managing director Bob Gordon and will soon start a world-wide search to replace him. It is the third high-profile departure from the state forest manager in eight months. Forestry Tasmania has had to halve its workforce over the past few years to cope with the forest industry downturn.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Steelworkers Slam Liberals On Wood First Policy

250 News
May 9, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The United Steelworkers have brought in the big guns to help their effort to get two NDP candidates elected in the Prince George ridings. Against the backdrop of the B.C. Hydro construction site on 22nd Avenue, and wearing a pro-NDP t-shirt and campaign button, the International President of the Steelworkers Union, Leo Gerard, slammed the Liberal government for it’s failure to practice what it preaches about a “wood first” policy. The steel studs are clearly visible on the new B.C. Hydro regional office building that is under construction.

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WIDC Underway

250 News
May 10, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC.- It has been more than four years since the Wood Innovation and Design Centre was first announced for Prince George, today the construction crews start building it. The 6 storey building is to feature wood construction, and is to cost no more than $25 million dollars. The project is expected to be completed in time for the Canada Winter Games in February of 2015.

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Forestry

Wildfire near Nordegg has residents on alert

CBC News
May 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Residents of Nordegg —a small community west of Rocky Mountain House — have been placed on a one-hour evacuation notice due to an out-of-control wildfire. Should the alert be raised tonight, the town’s approximately 300 residents will have only one hour to pack their essentials and get out of town. “The wildfire [is] about two kilometres away from Nordegg [and] has grown to about 100 hectares in size,” said Geoff Driscoll, a fire information officer with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD).

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Forest fires not an enemy

Kamloops Daily News
May 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Another forest fire season is soon upon us. This early spate of hot weather, in fact, has sparked up some unusually early fire activity in our region. While it’s natural to be concerned by the sight of fire in the bush, it’s also important to remember that fire is not an enemy. Fire is an extremely natural agent required in the forests to maintain proper health. It’s been 10 years since wildfires raged in the North Thompson and other parts of the Interior, forcing the evacuation of thousands from their homes.

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Supreme Court says aboriginal, treaty rights complicated and undefined

Vancouver Sun
May 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Supreme Court of Canada has told First Nations that their aboriginal and treaty rights are much more complicated than thought and remain undefined. In a unanimous decision Thursday, the nine justices said individual natives cannot exercise “community” rights without authorization from their band, except maybe in some situations. Still, they concluded it was an abuse of process for a handful of aboriginal people who blocked a logging road in northern B.C. to cite such rights as a defence against civil damages.

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B.C. needs to step up to protect endangered species

By Anthony Britneff
Vancouver Sun
May 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Re: Only stand-alone act can protect B.C. species at risk from disappearing, Column, April 29 It is embarrassing that B.C. and Alberta are the only provinces that lack a dedicated law to protect endangered species. Not only do the parties in this election show complete lack of commitment to protect endangered species, they fail to discuss the systemic changes needed.

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Fires break out north of Terrace

Terrace Standard
May 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

TWO forest fires broke out today close by Highway 37 North and are currently being assessed by the provincial fire service. That makes four fires in the past 48 hours, two next to the Nass River and two near the Bell 2 Lodge, which is further north along Hwy37 North. Yesterday’s fires are either mopped up or being patrolled, while today’s are currently being dealt with by a forest service 20-person unit crew. Suzanne Pearce, fire information officer for the Northwest Fire Centre in Smithers, said that none “are threatening anything at this time.”

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Forestry tops issues at Alberni all-candidates event

Alberni Valley News
May 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Raw log exports, Catalyst pensions, Raven coal and local agriculture were just some of the issues fleshed out at the Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA all-candidates forum. More than 150 people crowded the banquet room at the Best Western Barclay Hotel on Tuesday night to here candidates make their pitches and answer questions about local issues. Forestry topped the night with a question from audience member Dennis Dalla-Vicenza: the Liberals are blamed for gutting the forest industry, he said, but didn’t the death spiral start with the NDP?

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Smoke from fires poses moderate health risk

‘All this smoke is staying trapped in the valley’
The Daily News
May 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hazy skies caused by the Spatsum Creek and other area forest fires pose a moderate risk to some in the Kamloops region. Fire information office Kayla Pepper said an inversion has trapped smoke in the valley most mornings this week, and will likely continue to do so. As the air heats in the afternoon, the haze dissipates. “All this smoke is staying trapped in the valley,” said Pepper. The Kamloops Air Quality Index sat at four Thursday, which presents a moderate risk. The index works on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the highest level of hazard. 

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B.C. Liberals and NDP spar over economic prowess while new study says neither is better

Canadian Press
May 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

BURNS LAKE, B.C. — The steel trusses of a new multimillion-dollar sawmill formed the backdrop for Liberal Leader Christy Clark as she touted her government’s forests strategy during a campaign whistlestop Thursday in Burns Lake, where little more than a year ago an explosion and fire at the previous mill devastated the community. …“We are going to, our aim absolutely remains to make sure we bring in legislation that’s going to allow area-based harvesting.” Clark said people will be able to air concerns, and there are some, she acknowledged.

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B.C. crews head to Alberta to assist with prescribed burns

BC Government
May 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

KAMLOOPS – The Wildfire Management Branch is sending 13 personnel to Alberta to assist Parks Canada in carrying out prescribed burns. Four, three-person initial attack crews and one agency representative are departing today for Waterton and Banff, Alberta. The request for assistance was made through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, which co-ordinates the mutual sharing of firefighting resources between B.C. and other jurisdictions.

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Asian Long-horned Beetle battle has been won!

Torstar Network
May 7, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The beetle battle has been won. The insect’s infestation forced foresters in north Etobicoke, North York and Vaughan to raze nearly 30,000 trees on residents’ lawns, in woodlots and parks and on city streets in a war that cost tens of millions of dollars to wage. Last month, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported the successful eradication of the Asian Long-horned Beetle from Canada after nearly a decade’s collaborative effort by all three levels of government.

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Firefighters work to control Pontiac forest fires

CBC.ca
May 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A hot dry start to May has led to a number of forest fires across Quebec, including three in the Pontiac region covering more than 15 hectares. Water bombers flew over the Danford Lake area Wednesday as firefighters tried to put out several forest fires. While many of them are now under control, the Society for the Protection of Forests Against Fire (known by the French acronym SOPFEU) said there remain 15 active fires in the province.

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Beetle Infestation Threatens Ouray’s White Fir Forests

The Watch
May 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

OURAY – As winter’s snows recede, Ouray locals have been dismayed to discover increased numbers of dead and dying fir trees on the steeply forested mountainsides that ring the town. The culprit is a bug known the fir engraver beetle, U.S. Forest Service Forester-Silviculturist Todd Gardiner of the Ouray and Norwood Ranger Districts told the Ouray City Council at its meeting on Monday, May 6.

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Loss of eastern hemlock will affect forest water use

Phys.Org
May 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The loss of eastern hemlock from forests in the Southern Appalachian region of the United States could permanently change the area’s hydrologic cycle, reports a new study by U.S. Forest Service scientists at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory (Coweeta) located in Otto, North Carolina, published online in the journal Ecological Applications and available now in preprint format. “The hemlock woolly adelgid, an exotic invasive insect, has caused widespread hemlock mortality,” says Steven Brantley, a post-doctoral researcher at Coweeta and lead author of the paper.

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Schedule goes off the rails

Coos Bay World
May 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

COOS BAY — While trains roll smoothly between Coos Bay and Eugene, it will be at least a few months longer before they pull into the Roseburg Forest Products yard in Coquille for the first time. Elise Hamner, communications manager for the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, said the long-awaited rail connection to Coquille won’t be completed until the second quarter of 2013. Hamner said the delay is largely due to the wooden bridges between Coos Bay and Coquille, which are in worse shape than originally believed.

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Forest policy is effective

by Bryan Bird, Program Director, WildEarth Guardians
Denver Post
May 10, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As fire season bears down, political leaders gathered in Denver this week urge additional action on wildfires. While it’s true that strategic fuel treatments and preparing forest communities for inevitable fire would benefit from funding, there is very little that can or should be done to manage the national forests differently. Contrary to perception, the beetle epidemic in Colorado has not increased fire hazard. But politicians ignore the scientists who have demonstrated the fact indisputably.

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Continued deforestation in the Amazon may kill Brazil’s agricultural growth

Mongabay.com
May 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Continuing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest could undermine agricultural productivity in the region by reducing rainfall and boosting temperatures, warns a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The research is based on a model that simulates the impact of forest loss and global climate change on local rainfall and temperature.

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Industry anger over Liberal forest deal claim

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

The Tasmanian Opposition has further strained its relationship with the forest industry with accusations about a deal to axe Forestry Tasmania’s managing director. The Opposition’s forestry spokesman Peter Gutwein believes the Forestry Tasmania board terminated Bob Gordon’s contract as part of a deal to secure the forest peace agreement. “What we want to know from the Government is what deal did they strike with the signatories?” It has infuriated the head of the Forest Industries Association.

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Involve people in forest conservation, says chief secretary

Deccan Herald
May 9, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Conservation and protection of forests can never be done efficiently without the active participation of the public, S V Ranganath, Chief Secretary of the State, has said. Emphasising on participatory forest management and development, he spoke about forest conservation with the aid of technology and e-governance. Ranganath was addressing forest department officials from across the nation after inaugurating a two-day national workshop (May 9-11) on ‘Info-systems for decision-making in forestry’.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

EIA releases consumption, price data for wood and waste biomass

Biomass Magazine
May 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

On May 3, the U.S. Energy Information Administration published a set of annual statistics that include state-level estimates of consumption, prices and expenditures for woody biomass and waste biomass. The latest release includes data from 2011. According to the EIA, California led the nation with residential wood consumption in 2011, with approximately 1.665 million cords consumed. A cord is roughly equal to 128 cubic feet of stacked wood material.

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“New Normal” Of California Wildfires Doesn’t Make The News

Media Matters for America (blog)
May 9, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

As wildfires swept through southern California over the past week, experts warned that the state is in for an especially dangerous wildfire season due to unusually hot and dry conditions. But in their coverage of the fires, several of California’s major newspapers have entirely ignored how climate change has increased wildfire risks in the region. California’s wildfire season kicked off early this year, with record temperatures, heavy winds and ongoing drought conditions fueling fires across the state that have threatened thousands of homes and businesses.

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General

Acadian Timber Corp. Reports First Quarter Results

Marketwire
May 9, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Acadian Timber Corp.today reported financial and operating results(1) for the three months ended March 30, 2013. Acadian generated net sales of $18.3 million on sales volume of 339 thousand m3, which represents a $0.4 million, or 2%, decrease in net sales compared to the same period in 2012. Historically, Acadian’s first quarter has accounted for more than 40% of annual sales. However, as in the prior year, results for the first quarter were impacted by the vendor managed inventory program (“VMI”) with one of our larger softwood sawlog customers.

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