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Daily Archives: May 14, 2013

Business & Politics

Resolute Weighs Forest Purchases as Costs Drop: Corporate Canada

Bloomberg Businessweek
May 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (RFP) Chief Executive Officer Richard Garneau says the world’s largest newsprint maker will consider acquisitions as lower borrowing costs aid a push into more lucrative products. Garneau is betting that a focus on wood, pulp and specialty papers can help boost profit as it pares its exposure to newsprint, where demand has slumped as publications switch to the Internet.

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Fortress Paper Announces First Quarter 2013 Results

Marketwired
May 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fortress Paper Ltd. reported 2013 first quarter EBITDA loss of $2.6 million. Excluding corporate costs, combined EBITDA loss of the three business segments Fortress operated in during the first quarter of 2013 was $0.3 million in the three months ended March 31, 2013. The recently discontinued Specialty Papers Segment contributed $10.5 million EBITDA, while the Dissolving Pulp Segment and the Security Paper Products Segment generated EBITDA losses of $8.7 million and $2.1 million, respectively.

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Brookfield wants to sell its stake in Island Timberlands

May 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners has reported that it is negotiating the sale of its 25-per-cent stake in Vancouver Island forest company Island Timberlands for $170 million. The sale involves a change in the positions held by the timber company’s existing shareholders and is expected to close in the second half of 2013. Brookfield announced the change in ownership in a supplement to a prospectus it issued on an unrelated equity offering.

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Wood rolling into mill again

Port Hawkesbury Paper promises truckers talks on pricing
TheChronicleHerald.ca
May 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Trucks loaded with pulpwood lined up Monday morning at the woodlot gate of the Port Hawkesbury Paper mill. It was just in time. When the Northeastern Pulp Truckers Association refused to deliver wood to the Point Tupper mill May 6, there was only about a week’s supply of softwood logs to keep the mill making paper. “By the end of it, we were pretty well convinced that they were willing to run out of paper,” association president Claude Bourgeois said Monday morning.

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U.S. housing upswing good news for local forestry industry

CTV News
May 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

With the U.S. housing market on an upswing, business is picking up for the struggling Maritime forestry industry. Housing statistics in the U.S. show a five-year high, with more than a million homes expected to be built in 2013. “Most of our products are exported into the U.S. and into those markets, so, as more homes are being built, that means better markets for us here in New Brunswick,” says Mark Arsenault of New Brunswick Forest Products Association.

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Monopoly in Forest Certification Bad for Environment, Market

Hardwood Floors Magazine
May 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

In a recent editorial for Forbes magazine’s website, economic analysts Wayne Winegarden and Donald Rieck say that a monopoly, even in forest certification systems, can lead to overpricing and a frustrating lack of innovation. The authors concede that it is difficult to balance what is best for the forests with market demands. However, without competition, certification systems can either focus too heavily on one side of the equation—as many environmental groups feel the Sustainable Forestry Initiative system does—or develop impractical standards without any pressure to change.

Creating Better Forest Certification Programs through Competition from Forbes

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Charleston construction material e-commerce company building on growth

Charleston Post Courier
May 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

… Feeling others shared such problems, Goldfarb, owner of Charleston construction company Riverland Builders, tapped friend Bill Rebey to help develop OrderOnSite.com, a James Island-based website for ordering construction materials… The site offers lumber and other construction products from a pre-selected group of local suppliers in each area. OrderOnSite’s selections include lumber, decking, siding, drywall, insulation and fencing.

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International Paper to Use TAPPISAFE Safety Program at Selma Mill

International Paper press release
May 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

International Paper will roll out the TAPPISAFE Safety Orientation Program at the Selma, Alabama mill. TAPPISAFE, a service of TAPPI offered in partnership with Alliance Safety Council, provides a standardized safety orientation program for contractors and is the only safety orientation program specifically designed for the pulp and paper industry, by the industry. “Safety is a top priority at all International Paper facilities. T

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More funding for Tasmanian forestry peace deal

ABC News, Australia
May 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Commonwealth Government will provide an additional $94.5 million over five years to help implement the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement. The controversial agreement recently passed the Tasmanian parliament, with a stated aim of locking up more forest reserves in exchange for bringing the state’s decades-long forest wars to an end. The additional money comes from funds redirected out of the billion-dollar Biodiversity Fund, as well as the Caring for Our Country program’s environment stream.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Construction Concerns: Construction Types and Fire Behavior

FireEngineering.com
May 13, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

From our Firefighter I and II classes, we can recall the five “types” of building construction that are used by the building and fire codes. These are based on the amount of combustible materials in the structure… Today, these five construction types are no longer as clear-cut as they used to be because of the addition of lightweight and manufactured lumber materials, as well as the use of materials that were formerly found only in Type II or I construction.

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Bill designed to help NC forestry products on state green-energy buildings approved by House

Associated Press
May 13, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

RALEIGH, North Carolina — A bill sought by North Carolina’s forest products industry has cleared the House despite opposition by legislators worried it could harm a Charlotte-based steel company. The House gave its final approval Monday evening to legislation making clear no taxpayer-funded project could use a green-building rating system in which North Carolina forestry products are at a disadvantage compared to imported lumber.

NC House to take final vote on anti-LEED bill tonight from Charlotte Business Journal

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Forestry

Whoever wins election needs to take early action on environment

Globe and Mail
May 12, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Whatever happens in the election this week, it is clear the newly elected premier, whether it is Adrian Dix or Christy Clark, will have to put the environment high on the agenda for early action. Pipelines and liquefied natural gas development emerged as key, perhaps even defining, issues during the campaign, but there are more problems out there. Here are 10 things the premier has to act on if he, or she, wants credibility on the green file.

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2013 Forestry Capital of Canada

Whitecourt Star
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Representatives from the forest industry, municipal, provincial and the federal governments were at the Whitecourt Trade Fair on Saturday, May 11 to help Woodlands County and the Town of Whitecourt celebrate being named the 2013 Forest Capital of Canada. The award is sponsored by the Canadian Forestry Association (CFA) and the Canadian Institute of Forestry and given to communities and regions that demonstrate a good connectivity to the forest.

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Maps show impact of overcutting old-growth forests, conservation groups say

by Judith Lavoie
Victoria Times Colonist
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

New maps of B.C.’s forests put together by conservation groups using provincial government data show 74 per cent of productive old-growth forests has been logged and much of the remaining old growth is made up of small, stunted trees. On the valley bottoms, where the largest old-growth trees grow, 91 per cent has been logged, leaving only nine per cent of the classic old forest with iconic trees, the maps show.

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NAV CENTRE Hosts National Forestry Conference

Choose Cornwall
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Just over 400 delegates are expected to attend the first-ever conference of Canada’s forest sector research network. The conference will highlight forest product innovations and university-industry collaborations, and will feature 175 technical posters and an entrepreneurial workshop for students. It will be held at the NAV Centre in Cornwall, from May 13-16, 2013. FIBRE, with over 100 professors and 300 students, is the largest forest-sector, university research network in the world.

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Largest university-led forestry meeting in the world kicks off with a funding announcement, international research award announcement and offers web-based conference coverage

Canada Newswire press release
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNWALL, ON, – 400 delegates are attending the first-ever collaborative FIBRE conference of Canada’s eight forest sector research networks. The conference will highlight university-led forest product and process innovations, university-industry collaborations and student training. On May 14, during the opening plenary session, a FIBRE funding announcement will be made, followed by a prestigious international award announcement.

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Firefighting capacity for wildfires curbed by funding cuts, officials say

Washington Post
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The government is facing the possibility of yet another historic wildfire season with significantly fewer funds to pay for firefighters, equipment, fire prevention and recovery as a result of budget cuts from the sequester, officials announced Monday. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said his agency, which is largely responsible for fighting monster fires along with the Interior Department, will try to manage burns with 500 fewer firefighters and 50 fewer engines and by shifting money earmarked for prevention to pay for fire suppression.

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Secretaries Vilsack and Jewell Highlight Federal Preparedness for 2013 Western Wildfire Season

USDA Forest Service
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

BOISE, ID – During a visit to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell outlined the Federal Government’s efforts to ensure collaboration in protecting Americans from wildfire, and urged homeowners and local communities to take steps to reduce their risks during the 2013 fire season. The outlook for the fire season is severe across much of the Western United States.

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Federal government poised for tough 2013 wildfire season; budget cuts mean fewer firefighters

The Associated Press
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOISE, Idaho – The U.S. is heading into a tough wildfire season made even more challenging because budget cuts mean fewer firefighters to battle blazes, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Monday. Another dry year is creating the potential for another extreme summer of forest and range fires, Jewell said after spending the past two days touring the National Interagency Fire Center. She was joined by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who said a 7.5 per cent cut to the 2013 U.S. Forest Service budget means 500 fewer firefighters on the ground this year.

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Average fire season likely in western Montana; 500 fewer on lines across US

The Missoulian
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The coming wildfire season looks tough for most of the western United States, but western Montana firefighters are expecting an average summer on the fire line. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell warned on Monday that national budget cuts mean 500 fewer ground personnel on fire lines this summer. They added money would be tight for preseason hazardous-fuels removal and postseason restoration work.

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Wyden’s forest quest

The Register Guard
May 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

By the end of May, Sen. Ron Wyden hopes to deliver the holy grail of public-lands forestry in Western Oregon — a plan that appeases both the timber industry and environmentalists and that, as Wyden puts it, “can pass the Senate and the House and actually get signed by the president.” The Oregon Democrat, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, recently told The Oregonian newspaper that his plan will focus on the management of 2.6 million acres of the state’s former Oregon & California Railroad Co. lands.

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USFS to add uncertified military planes to firefighting fleet

by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian
May 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Forest Service won’t cut any funds from its retardant-bombing fleet this fire season, but it will enter the fray with a lot of planes that aren’t certified to fight wildfires. On Monday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the agency will look to the U.S. military to supplement its firefighting aircraft this year because six of the seven next-generation airplanes announced last week may not be ready for action. However, Tom Harbour, the Forest Service’s national director of fire aviation management, later said the military surplus planes also aren’t ready to fight fire.

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Rocky Barker: Fire story is different in forests and on range

The Idaho Statesman
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Brand-new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will make her first trip to the National Interagency Fire Center, joining Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on a visit to the Boise agency Monday. The two landlords for most of the public lands in the U.S. will meet with reporters to talk about the upcoming fire season. I expect them to tell us to expect another long, hot fire season in the American West. It’s already started in California, and Idaho has had several fires start from lightning in the Boise National Forest, along with a few range fires.

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Logging protesters should face financial, more than criminal, liability

OregonLive.com
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Elliott State Forest, east of Reedsport, is but a sliver of some 30 million acres of private and public timberland in Oregon. But whether its trees can be cut according to state plan runs beneath a debate in the Legislature over logging on all state lands and those who would protest the practice. A pair of bills recently introduced by Gold Beach Republican Rep. Wayne Krieger represents a get-tough stance that brings real consequence to forest protests.

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Residents evacuated in wildfire near Philipsburg

Montana Standard
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Evacuations started Monday evening as the Rumsey Gulch Fire grew to 200 acres in a forested area about 4 miles southeast of Philipsburg. Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest spokeswoman Leona Rodreick said at 9:30 p.m. Monday that “multiple structures” were also threatened, but details on the number of people and buildings affected were unavailable. She said firefighters from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, the Forest Service and county volunteer departments were fighting the blaze, which was reported about 6:20 p.m. There was no containment by 9:30 p.m.

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Bill to arm Maine forest rangers stalls

Portland Press Herald
May 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA — Despite a major push by forest rangers to get the power to carry guns, a bill to allow them to do just that has stalled and may be carried over for consideration next year. …Nearly 20 forest rangers testified in favor of the bill last month,
with many saying they need to be able to protect themselves while they
patrol remote areas and confront people who might be breaking the law.

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Federal Cuts Mean Fewer Resources This Wildfire Season

StateImpact Texas
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

First, the good news for Texas. Most of the state is not expected to be at an “above average” risk for wildfires this summer, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The reason for that might depress you: in parts of the state with less vegetation, like West Texas, years of drought and fire mean there’s little left to burn. …Spencer said wooded parts of the state like the Hill Country and the Piney Woods are at greater risk of fire.

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Forestry industry backs call for logging in national parks

The Sydney Morning Herald
May 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The forestry industry has accused the state government of failing to meet its commitments to timber supply and backed the recommendation of a parliamentary inquiry that national parks be opened up for logging. But conservation groups have slammed the recommendation as ”completely ludicrous”. The draft report of a parliamentary committee chaired by Shooters and Fishers Party MP Robert Brown says the state government should consider the move to ensure the viability of the industry.

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Ash dieback found in mature trees in Carmarthenshire

BBC News
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Ash dieback has been found in mature trees for the first time in Wales. The infected trees were discovered in Ferryside, Carmarthenshire, by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) staff last week. Until now the Chalara dieback in Wales had been confined to newly planted sites in trees from nurseries known to hold infected stock. NRW said it had just been a matter of time before the fungus spread to the wider environment.

Ash dieback: South East is ‘low priority’ from BBC News

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NEFA appalled by logging proposal

ABC News, Australia
May 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The North East Forest Alliance says a proposal to swap sections of national park with state forest land to allow logging would be a disaster. The tenure-swap arrangement stems from from a state upper house inquiry into public land management. NEFA spokesman Dailan Pugh says the idea has no environmental merit. “There’s nothing there for the environment, and in fact what we’d pick up are liabilities,” he said.

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Logging parks would be a disaster for wildlife and habitat

Multiple Letters
The Sydney Mornng Herald
May 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

I am appalled our national parks could be opened to commercial logging (”Logging looms in national parks”, May 13). It is ridiculous to propose swapping the old-growth, diverse forests in national parks for heavily exploited state forests. This will lead to a loss of wildlife and irreplaceable habitat. Using land for forestry does not provide the same conservation benefits as managing land for conservation in the national park system.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate Change Ushers In Early California Fire Season

Fog City Journal
May 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

California’s wildfire season began early this year as nearly a dozen fires fueled by record high temperatures and extremely low water levels broke out across the state during the first week of May. Several wildfires charred hundreds of acres in Northern California’s wine country including the 125-acre Yellow Fire in Sonoma County, while numerous wildfires assaulted Southern California including the Springs Fire in Ventura County, charring over 28,000 acres.

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