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Daily Archives: May 16, 2013

Business & Politics

Ainsworth Announces Election of Board of Directors

Ainsworth News Release
May 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver, BC – Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. announced the results from its 2013 annual and special meeting of shareholders held earlier today. All of the eight nominees listed in the Corporation’s Management Proxy Circular dated April 9, 2013 proposed by management for election to the Board of Directors at the Meeting were acclaimed. The Directors will remain in office until the next annual meeting of shareholders or until their successors are elected or appointed.

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Conifex Adopts Shareholder Rights Plan

Marketwired
May 14, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER, BC – Conifex Timber Inc. today announced that its board of directors has adopted a shareholder rights plan. The Rights Plan has been adopted to ensure, to the extent possible, that all shareholders of the Company are treated fairly and equally in connection with any take-over bid or other acquisition of control of the Company and that the Company’s board of directors is provided with adequate time to evaluate such a take-over bid and, if appropriate, seek alternatives to maximize shareholder value.

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TimberWest considers trading watershed lands for residential development in CVRD’s north end

Cowichan News Leader
May 16, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Town of Ladysmith is trying to become just the third community in British Columbia to own and control its own watershed. …The town is negotiating a deal with Couverdon — the real estate arm of the forest company TimberWest — that would give it title to TimberWest land adjacent to Stocking and Holland Lakes. In exchange, Ladysmith would expand its city limits to include a 710-acre parcel of Timberwest land stretching from north of Grouhel Road to Malone Road with the potential to increase its population by a third.

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Plum Creek Reports Results for First Quarter 2013

IHB
May 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Plum Creek Timber Company announced first quarter earnings of $56 million, on revenues of $340 million. Earnings for the first quarter of 2012 were $29 million, on revenues of $337 million. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure of operating performance, for the first quarter of 2013 was $128 million and was $139 million for the same period of 2012. The company ended the quarter with $296 million in cash and cash equivalents.

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Interfor to Acquire Keadle Lumber in Thomaston, Georgia

IHB
May 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Interfor announced on May 15, that it had reached agreement in principle to acquire the assets of Keadle Lumber Enterprises, Inc. of Thomaston, Georgia. Keadle is a well-regarded producer of high quality southern yellow pine lumber and has been in business since 1947. The mill currently produces 80 million board feet on a one – shift basis. Interfor intends to increase the mill’s kiln capacity and add a second shift to the operation, as market conditions improve, bringing production to an annual rate of 160 million board feet.

Click here for a press release from Interfor

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Lumber company owner hopes to replace building within weeks

Chippewa Herald
May 15, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Tim Walters will meet today with a supplier to replace a critical structure destroyed by Monday night’s fire at Walters Brothers Lumber Manufacturing in Holcombe. Walters said the fire destroyed what is known as the bag house, a place that collects blown sawdust from the pallet portion of the business, at 28157 Hwy. 27. He hopes the structure can be replaced in two weeks or sooner. Without the bag house, there’s no way of running the vacuum system in the operation.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wallenberg Prize awarded to Prof. Derek Gray

Pioneering study of nanocrystalline cellulose cited
McGill Reporter
May 14, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Derek Gray, Professor Emeritus in McGill’s Department of Chemistry, has been named the winner of the 2013 Marcus Wallenberg Prize, awarded by Sweden’s Marcus Wallenberg Foundation for scientific achievements that contribute to knowledge in fields of importance to the forest industry. The announcement, citing Prof. Gray’s pioneering study of nanocrystalline cellulose, was made by the Executive Secretary of the Wallenberg Foundation on May 14 at the opening session of the first FIBRE Network conference, held in Cornwall, Ont.

Click here for a press release from FIBRE – Forest Innovation by Research & Education

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Forestry

Human eye better

Letter by Judith Reid
Star Phoenix
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Saskatchewan government is getting rid of our fire towers and replacing them with cameras, citing safety as the reason. It is not stated anywhere in Occupational Health and Safety that working in a tower is a safety issue. The cameras do not work as well as having human observers. The cameras were tried in Australia and only detected two out of 67 fires. …Say no to the Wall government’s cameras and keep our front line of defence in our provincial forests.

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Nordegg residents still can’t go home as wildfire remains out of control (& video)

Calgary Herald
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

NORDEGG – Nearly three days after a wildfire threat forced them from their homes, residents of the hamlet of Nordegg still don’t know when they’ll be able to return. …The fire burning west of Nordegg has grown very little in the past two days and is 90 per cent contained, according to provincial fire officials. But it’s still considered out of control. Fire information officer Whitney Exton said firefighters again worked overnight with heavy equipment to reinforce the fireguards around the 313-hectare fire area and extinguish hot spots.

Evacuees able to return to Lodgepole as wildfire deemed under control from the Calgary Herald

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14 wildfires burning in Saskatchewan

CBC News
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The number of wildfires in Saskatchewan has been creeping up this week. The provincial environment ministry reported that 14 wildfires were burning Tuesday, up from 10 on Monday. Twelve of them are in the Buffalo Narrows area, in the northwest. The other two are burning in the Prince Albert area.

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Wildfire burning near Canyon Ferry

The Missoulian
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Dolly McMaster was just getting ready to eat her dinner Tuesday night when she glanced out the kitchen window and saw something wispy and gray among the pines on the Spokane Hills mountainside. Moments later she saw the bright orange flames. “And boy, did it go after that,” she said Tuesday evening, as she watched state and federal firefighting crews, as well as volunteers from at least six rural fire departments set up a mobile wildfire command post in her yard.

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One-of-a-kind air tanker operator lands in Casper

Billings Gazette
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The company behind the DC-10 tanker aircraft that helped battle Casper Mountain’s Sheep Herder Hill Fire in September will soon relocate its business to Casper, airport officials announced Tuesday… Hatton said his company is the only group to fight wildfires with DC-10s — passenger aircraft he has gutted and outfitted with tanks capable of holding 100,000 pounds of fire retardant and water. That’s roughly four times the capacity of the next-largest firefighting aircraft, Hatton said.

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Wildfire danger rising in Bitterroot

The Missoulian
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON – In a normal year, the fire that burned aggressively through a creek bottom south of Victor Monday afternoon would never have happened. “It should have been really green down there,” said Corvallis Fire Chief Jim Knapp. “Instead, the fire was crawling up in the trees. It’s like we haven’t hit that point yet this year when everything is nice and green.” Quick action by two fire departments kept the fire from spreading much beyond two acres, but its wind-driven ferocity left firefighters shaking their heads.

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Meteorologist predicts earlier, hotter than usual fire season

Billings Gazette
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA — Monday’s pair of destructive wildfires near Philipsburg and Wise River preview a summer that may start earlier and burn hotter than usual. “We’re forecasting the fire season starting two weeks early, but for southwest Montana we began yesterday,” said Northern Rockies Coordination Center meteorologist Brian Henry. Drought indicators in the region south of Stevensville and Butte already show mid-June dryness, and the country east to Livingston also appears stressed.

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NW Wisconsin wildfire consumes 8700 acres

Associated Press
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Authorities are investigating whether logging operations may have sparked a massive wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin that destroyed dozens of buildings and forced at least 60 people from their homes, state officials said Wednesday. The wildfire has consumed about 8,700 to 9,000 acres in Douglas and Bayfield counties but is about 95 percent contained, meaning firefighters have largely arrested the spread of the fire, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

BREAKING: crews say wildfire is 100% contained from the WEAU.com
DNR: Wis. Wildfire Started in Logging Operations Area from WDIO.com

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New exhibit shows influence of MI loggers

Romeo Observer
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Those pining for information about local lumbering and its effects on the area can quell their curiosity at a local museum. The Romeo Historical Society is presenting its “Michigan Lumbering” exhibit beginning this month at the Romeo Arts and Archives Museum, located at 290 N. Main Street. Richard Beringer, historical society trustee and museum curator, has taught about Michigan’s lumber industry for 30 years. Much like how the auto industry affected the area, he said lumbering had a huge impact on developing Romeo.

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Forestry official warns of high wildfire danger in East Texas

News-Journal
May 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

A state forestry official says effects of a lingering drought and federal budget cuts are setting up East Texas for a dangerous wildfire season. “East Texas is a concern for us this summer,” said Tom Spencer, director of predictive services for the Texas Forest Service. “If we get tropical moisture this summer and plentiful rainfall, that would mitigate it.” Add to that concern the arrival of national budget sequestration cuts.

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Tree-killing beetle gone from 2 NYC boroughs

The Associated Press
May 14, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

NEW YORK – (AP) — New York state agriculture officials say the tree-killing Asian longhorned beetle has been eradicated from the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island. Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine said Tuesday that trees in those boroughs are now free of the beetle and wood can move out of previously regulated areas. The Asian longhorned beetle tunnels into tree trunks and kills several types of trees including buckeye, willow and American elm.

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May 17-18 Loggers Expo will feature high-tech equipment

Bangor Daily News
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

For people employed in the forest products sector in New England and adjacent Canadian provinces, attending the Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Expo in Bangor represents an opportunity to check out the latest equipment and technology related to their industry. But there’s more to the so-called “Loggers’ Expo,” according to Joe Phaneuf, executive director of the expo-organizing Northeastern Loggers’ Association.

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Indonesia extends logging ban to protect rainforest

Bangkok Post
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesia has extended a logging ban to protect rainforests despite fierce industry pressure, the government said Wednesday, but green campaigners slammed the move as inadequate. Vast tracts of the sprawling Indonesian archipelago are covered in trees, including some of the world’s most biodiverse tropical rainforest that is home to endangered animals such as orangutans, tigers and elephants.

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Seeing the forest for the trees: Seed dispersal, environmental conditions conditions matter in African forests

Phys.Org
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Nouabale-Ndoki National Park is a tree-dotted enclave in Central Africa’s Republic of Congo. Heavy logging surrounds the park, but it still has one of the largest intact forests in Africa. In recognition, it recently became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Trees—thousands of them—make up a forest. How did Nouabale-Ndoki’s trees become so numerous, and how do they stay that way? The answer, say biologists, lies far below the tree canopy, in the soil where seedlings sprout.

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Toxic caterpillars targeted by helicopter spray

BBC News
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

An area of West Berkshire has been sprayed with the use of a helicopter in a bid to kill off toxic caterpillars that can cause health problems. The aerial spraying near Pangbourne is the first time larvae of the oak processionary moth have been targeted in this way. They feed on oak trees and their hairs contain a toxin that can cause itchy rashes, eye and throat irritations.

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Federal Department investigates forestry fraud

ABC Online
May 15, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Federal Forestry Department is investigating 18 allegations of fraud in schemes designed to help Tasmanian contractors leave the timber industry. In March, the National Audit Office found a $45 million forestry industry exit scheme was unfair and lacked transparency. The scheme is now the subject of a Senate inquiry. The Senate committee has previously heard 10 contractors received pay-outs despite providing insufficient paperwork.

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VicForests to reduce mountain ash logging in 2017

The Border Mail
May 16, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Victoria’s state-owned timber company will reduce logging by 25 per cent in the bushfire-ravaged mountain ash forests of the central highlands – but will wait until mid-2017 to make the shift. The ash forests are home to Victoria’s endangered faunal emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum, whose numbers fell to well below 2000 after the Black Saturday fires ravaged its habitat and have not recovered. VicForests has been under pressure from scientists and environmentalists over the impact of its logging, which has not markedly decreased since the fires, is having on remaining Leadbeater’s possum habitat.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Maps developed to help forest industry outwit climate change

Earth & Climate
May 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

University of Alberta researchers have developed guidelines that are being used by the timber industry and government foresters to get a jump on climate change when planting trees. Maps developed by Laura Gray, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Renewable Resources at the U of A, provide projections of climatically suitable habitat for tree species based on climate predictions for the 2020s, 2050s and 2080s. Currently, Alberta forestry companies and government agencies plant 80 million spruce, fir and pine seedlings to reforest more than 50,000 hectares of harvested land annually.

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UK wood industry sees ‘sharp switch’ to biomass

Resource Magazine
May 15, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

New statistics from the Wood Recyclers Association have revealed that woodchip produced for biomass has overtaken that produced for panel-board for the ‘first time ever’. The annual market statistics for the year 2011/12, show that the industry saw a ‘sharp switch’ from panel-board production to biomass, with figures rising by 34 per cent from 2011 to 2012. It in part credits this to the closure of the Sonae Industria panel-board mill in Knowsley, Merseyside, which led many reprocessors to ‘establish biomass markets for wood previously bound for Sonae’.

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