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Daily Archives: May 15, 2013

Froggy Foibles

This Awesome Urn Will Turn You into a Tree After You Die

Design for Good (blog)
May 6, 2013
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: Canada, United States

You don’t find many designers working in the funeral business thinking about more creative ways for you to leave this world (and maybe they should be). However, the product designer Gerard Moline has combined the romantic notion of life after death with an eco solution to the dirty business of the actual, you know, transition. His Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree.

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Business & Politics

Fortress Paper downgraded after disappointing results

Financial Post
May 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Fortress Paper Ltd. fell sharply on Tuesday after the pulp and paper producer’s first-quarter results came in below analyst expectations. The stock declined more than 14% to $6.21 and is down more than 75% in the past year. …The company said it is looking at possible sources of funding, including alternative financing structures, joint ventures and partnerships. An update is expected early in the third quarter.

Fortress re-thinking Lebel-sur-Quevillon mill conversion from Pulp and Paper Canada

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Signs emerge that the commodity super-cycle isn’t over

The Globe and Mail
May 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Is it too early to pronounce the so-called commodity super-cycle over? Just maybe… Here at Inside the Market, we’re watching closely the debate on the fate
of the commodity super-cycle, or the idea that raw material prices are
in a generational upswing. If the cycle is intact, investors should load
up portfolios with the usual suspects: miners, oil companies, forestry
concerns, and fertilizer makers – sectors that just happen to be
over-represented on the TSX.

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Weekly lumber market update and overview

Stockhouse
May 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The week of May 6 provided a possible signal of an end to recently downward-spiralling dimension lumber and panel prices. During the first quarter of 2013, producers had been able to put in place steep increases, and by April the push-back from customers was intense. Sawmill lumber price lists remained largely unchanged until the beginning of April, when customer counter-offers could no longer be ignored.

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Global lumber industry heads into supply ‘storm’

Timber supply crunch could create windfall as prices rise, but will also cause volatility
Business in Vancouver
May 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

When forestry analyst Russ Taylor looks to the future, he sees a whole lot of missing lumber. “We think by about 2020, there’ll be a 10 million board-foot gap,” said Taylor at the annual Global Softwood Log and Lumber Conference in Vancouver last week. Taylor, president of consulting firm Wood Markets Group, is forecasting a severe timber supply crunch across the globe in the near future. For an industry that has experienced modest highs and the lowest lows within the past decade, it means continued lumber price volatility.

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Ainsworth Announces Significantly Improved First Quarter 2013 Results

Marketwire (press release)
May 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BC – Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. First Quarter Highlights: Adjusted EBITDA of $62.5 million versus $9.6 million in the same quarter last year, achieved a strong quarter of production at 408 million square feet, progressing well towards restarting our High Level, Alberta mill this year, strengthened balance sheet will support strategic investment in the business…

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Conifex Announces First Quarter 2013 Results

Marketwire (press release)
May 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BC – Conifex Timber Inc. today reported a net income of $6.2 million or $0.29 per fully diluted share for the first quarter of 2013 compared to a net loss of $3.6 million or $0.18 per share for the previous quarter and a net loss of $6.5 million or $0.38 per share for the first quarter of 2012.. Revenues totalled $66.2 million in the first quarter of 2013 compared to $60.0 million in the previous quarter and $47.4 million in the first quarter of 2012. Lumber shipments totalled 137 million board feet during the first quarter of 2013 and included wholesale lumber shipments of 17 million board feet.

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Turbine time

TbNewsWatch.com
May 13, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Resolute Forest Product’s new turbine is expected to bring some financial stability to the company. Politicians and dignitaries toured Resolute’s Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill Tuesday morning in order to take a peek at the new turbine, which has been running for a few months now. The tour coincided with the company’s annual general meeting that’s being held Thursday.

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Resolute Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Thunder Bay Sawmill

Canada Newswire press release
May 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. today celebrated the 10th anniversary of its sawmill located in Thunder Bay, Ontario. It is a unique business venture in that its success stems from a collaboration between Resolute and the Fort William First Nation. With an annual capacity of 300 million board feet of stud lumber, Resolute’s Thunder Bay sawmill is among the largest and most modern in Eastern Canada. It commenced operation on May 12, 2003, and presently employs 170 workers.

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Optimism reigns in Miramichi with saw mill back online

CBC.ca
May 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Miramichi Lumber Products saw mill is up and running again after more than a year of being shut down. Claude Robichaud returned to his job at the mill in January to help prepare the mill for full production. He said he’s optimistic about the mill’s future. “It is going to do well I`m sure of that — we’ve got pretty good people working here they really want [to work],” he said.

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Timber industry launches message of sustainability as market remains soft

SaportaReport (blog)
May 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Georgia’s timber industry launched a campaign Tuesday to raise awareness of its efforts to promote sustainable practices. The campaign is led by the Georgia Forestry Association and includes a speakers bureau that is to take the message to Rotary Clubs, chambers of commerce and other such groups around the state. The effort is unfolding as the state’s struggling timber industry has been promoted over the past nine months by parties ranging from Gov. Nathan Deal to the University of Georgia to Rolling Stones keyboardist and Georgia tree farmer Chuck Leavell.

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Cameroon hopes EU timber labelling can protect forests

Thomson Reuters Foundation
May 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Cameroon’s government has introduced a new timber mark that will appear on all legitimate wood products destined for European markets, in a move that aims to protect the Central African nation’s rich forests. The certification scheme was conceived in line with a voluntary partnership agreement Cameroon signed with the European Union in 2010, pledging to ensure that all harvested timber exported to the EU is of legal origin.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood looking up in BC and Canada

Journal of Commerce
May 15, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Just as the 12th to 15th contemporary tall wood buildings are nearing completion in Milan, Italy, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is throwing its support behind this important global initiative here at home. The most recent addition to our list of engineered wood structures, the four nine-storey towers of the Via Cenni project in the west part of Milan, boasts 124 units of affordable housing targeted at young families and singles. At 28 metres in height above grade, it seems that these cross-laminated timber buildings were designed to be slightly taller than the wood portion of 10-storey Forte Building in Australia.

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What’s best? Wood or cement?

Financial Post
May 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Should anyone be surprised that the cement industry is worried about the arrival of a competing material for building five-and six-storey buildings and that it fears losing market share to the wood industry? We cannot look on as Cement Association of Canada denigrates the “Wood Charter,” wood buildings or the sustainable development policies promoted by the Quebec government (Quebec government accused of playing favourites with ‘greenwashed’ wood mandate – May 7).

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Industry Spotlight: Going Green

Nova Scotia Business Journal
May 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

It’s back! This year’s BuildGreen Atlantic will kick off May 30 at the Nova Scotia Community College Waterfront Campus, Centre for the Built Environment. BuildGreen Atlantic is a two-day long conference, trade show, workshop and networking event that strives to advance the design, construction, and operation of greener buildings in Atlantic Canada. It is presented by The Atlantic Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council  whose mission is to “advance environmentally responsible design, construction and operation of our built world by serving our community through industry collaboration and education.”

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N.C. House passes anti-LEED bill in support of timber industry

Charlotte Business Journal
May 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The N.C. House of Representatives approved 70-43 a third and final reading of a bill that is expected to bar public projects from using the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program. The bill will now move on to be considered by the state senate. …Rep. Ruth Samuelson (R-Mecklenburg) said during debate on the House floor Monday evening that the bill would prevent the state from using the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system.

No new NC lumber – or bamboo – in project cited in an anti-LEED bill from Charlotte Business Journal

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High demand for timber is a boom waiting to happen

State sees neither forest nor the trees
Irish Independent
May 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Despite our being in the depths of a global economic recession, timber has never been in greater demand for use both in construction and as an energy source. Our land and climate are the best in Europe for growing trees and we should be producing more of them….The recent development of more sophisticated timber products has been rapid and it seems only a few years since I was offered sawdust for free to use as cattle and horse bedding. But now, every speck is required for the manufacture of wood pellets for fuel.

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Forestry

Resource development offers opportunity for Aboriginal communities

National Post
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Aboriginal Canada wants in. For generations, natural-resource wealth and opportunity almost entirely bypassed Aboriginal communities. But now, empowered by court decisions, land-claims settlements, and rising Indigenous political power, Aboriginal people are determined to get a fair share from the development of natural resources on their territories. For governments, developers and the country at large, significant adjustments are required if new partnerships and collaboration are going to become the hallmark of resource activity in Canada

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‘Dreadful policy’ betrayed B.C. forests

Letter by Rick James
Comox Valley Record
May 13, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

That being said, one particularly bad policy that was introduced by our current Liberal government soon after they came to power in 2003, which has proved particularly disastrous for us here in the Comox Valley — and especially to our local environment — should be on the top of our agenda as voters. This was the Private Managed Forest Act Lands Act that essentially, as one old, retired Crown Forest logger phrased it, left “the foxes in charge of the chicken house.”

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Central Alberta wildfires remain out of control

Edmonton Journal
May 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

DRAYTON VALLEY – Cooler temperatures and scattered showers overnight Monday helped firefighters keep two out-of-control wildfires threatening the hamlets of Lodgepole and Nordegg from growing, an Alberta wildfire information officer says. “Neither the Nordegg nor the Lodgepole fire is growing any farther at this point, but they are both still considered out of control,” Richard Horne of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development said Tuesday.

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Evacuation order lifted as wildfire spares homes near Ashcroft, B.C.

The Canadian Press
May 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Relieved property owners in an area east of Ashcroft, B.C., were allowed to return to their homes Monday night — but they must remain ready to flee at a moment’s notice. The 14-square kilometre Spatsum Creek wildfire continues to burn nearby and remains uncontained, but it has veered away from homes and away from Highway 97C, which was closed on Monday.

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Council Approves Bowing Out of CFA Expansion Plan

250 News
May 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – City Council has approved pulling out of a plan to expand the Community Forest Agreement. The dangers that can be posed by a wildfire on lands outside the City of Prince George boundaries, were very apparent on Friday. A fire in the northwest in the Pilot Mountain area, and one south east ( Buckhorn) whipped through numerous hectares of land before being contained. In the case of the Buckhorn area fire, two homes were under evacuation order, and 4 others were on evacuation alert.

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Wildfires: Budget woes to affect fuels treatments, post-fire rehab

Fewer firefighers, less wildfire fuels treatments and less post-fire rehab
Summit County Citizens Voice
May 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The federal budget crunch means firefighters will have to do more with less this summer, federal officials said this week. Because of the sequester, the Forest Service will not fill 500 firefighting positions and will make do with 50 less engines on the ground. “We are facing another dangerous wildfire season. We are prepared; we’re not as funded as we might be about 5 years from now, so teamwork is really critical to what we have to do,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, speaking Monday at a briefing at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise Idaho.

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Environmental groups sue to block Kootenai Forest timber sale

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

A coalition of environmental groups have sued to block a U.S. Forest Service timber sale in the Rexford Ranger District of northwest Montana, claiming the proposed clearcuts would hurt lynx and grizzly bears there. “In spite of these falling grizzly bear numbers, the Forest Service plans to commercially log thousands of acres, open up roads, and use low-level helicopter flights in occupied grizzly habitat,” said Michael Garrity of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies

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Black Hills forest management survives latest environmental challenge

Rapid City Journal
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Black Hills National Forest management policies on fighting wildfires and mountain pine beetles have won another court challenge by environmental groups who believe the policies hurt sensitive wildlife species.  A recent decision in Wyoming federal court released Tuesday by South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley upheld an amended management plan for the Black Hills National Forest.

Fed court in WY upholds forest management plan from the Associated Press

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Forest contractor reinvents the wheel

Fordaq
May 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Christer Lennartsson has reinvented the wheel. The perfect one, that is. His new harwarder, “The Beauty”, a combined harvester and forwarder, is a stylish ten-wheeler with a specially designed weight distribution system that reduces ground pressure and damage. He has already patented the machine’s quick release mechanism – and now the forestry world will be able to see this unique wheel design when it is demonstrated at Elmia Wood.

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Government rules out peace deal compensation

ABC News, Australia
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Tasmanian Government has refused to compensate councils who expect to lose millions of dollars because of the forest agreement. 12 regional councils say they stand to lose about $2 million a year in rates when some Forestry Tasmania production forest is converted to reserves. The Resources Minister Bryan Green has rejected calls for extra government assistance for the councils.

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Chalara dieback of ash – spotting spring symptoms

UK Forestry Commission
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forestry Commission has posted a video online showing the symptoms to look for at this time of year to check whether ash trees have Chalara dieback. Spring is not the easiest time to recognise symptoms of Chalara dieback, and it might be some time before it is obvious on the leaves. The video helps by explaining how to look for and recognise signs of the disease on new growth and older branches. Ash trees come into leaf later than most other trees, and the timing can vary according to where they are and the particular species of ash.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Biomass is now largest market for waste wood

letsrecycle.com
May 13, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Biomass has overtaken panelboard as the main market for UK recycled woodchip for the first time, according to the latest wood recycling market statistics for 2012 from the Wood Reyclers’ Association. And, while the figures show a small increase in UK demand for material, they also reveal a 10% fall in recycled wood sent to the export market, in a trend linked to the recession in Europe.

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