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Daily Archives: May 22, 2013

Business & Politics

Canfor On The Move In The Kootenay

250 News
May 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver- Canfor says it has invested a total of 80 Million dollars in mill upgrades in the Kootenay region. 40 million is going to the Elko sawmill. Canfor just completed the re opening of their long shuttered Radium Hot Springs mill. The Radium investment costs about $38.5 million . Don Kayne President and CEO of Canfor says these investments are aligned in our Kootenay assets and are necessary to ensure our Elko facility can operate in a competitive market.

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Brookfield to sell its controlling stake in N.B. forest products company

The Canadian Press
May 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

EDMUNDSTON, N.B. – Two U.S. investment firms are buying a controlling stake in Twin Rivers Paper Company Inc., which operates mills in New Brunswick and Maine. Blue Wolf Capital Partners and Atlas Holdings announced Tuesday that they expected to close the deal with Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management Inc. in about three weeks. Financial details were not disclosed and Brookfield, which confirmed it owns 51 per cent of Twin Rivers, declined to comment further.

New York investment firms to purchase Madawaska paper mill from the Bangor Daily News

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This lumber products stock treats investors well

Globe and Mail
May 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

This Québec-based industrial firm Stella-Jones Inc. makes treated wood products, specializing in railway ties and timbers, as well as wood poles supplied to electrical utilities and telecom companies. The company has a $1.4-billion market cap, and has grown earnings at a 20 per cent clip over the long haul (using an average of the three-, four-, and five year EPS growth rates), and revenues at a 19 per cent pace (using an average of the three-, four-, and five year sales growth rates).

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Demand For Wood Help Drive Weyerhaeuser’s Earnings

Investor’s Business Daily
May 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

With the housing market in recovery mode, homebuilders are not the only way to partake in the comeback. Investors may also want to check out Weyerhaeuser. The Federal Way, Wash.-based firm isn’t just a paper company. Weyerhaeuser produces lumber and engineered wood products used in homebuilding. The firm is one of the biggest owners of timberland in the nation. It owns or controls 6 million acres of timberlands, mostly in the United States. Weyerhaeuser also builds homes and makes cellulose fiber products.

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Keadle Lumber reportedly being sold

Thomaston Times
May 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

According to a Friday press release from International Forest Products Limited, known as Interfor in the business world, the company has acquired locally owned Keadle Lumber Enterprises, Inc. which has been a fixture in the Thomaston-Upson community since 1947. The following is a press release from Interfor. …The Keadle mill is located approximately 75 miles west of Interfor’s recently acquired mill at Eatonton, Georgia and is part of the Company’s strategy to grow its presence in the U.S. Southeast.

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Domtar’s Ashdown Facility Rolls out TAPPISAFE Safety Program

TAPPISAFE, a service of TAPPI offered in partnership with Alliance Safety Council, provides a standardized safety course program for contractors
Domtar Corporation
May 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

Domtar will roll out the TAPPISAFE Safety Orientation Program at the integrated Ashdown, Arkansas pulp and paper facility. TAPPISAFE, a service of TAPPI offered in partnership with Alliance Safety Council, provides a standardized safety course program for contractors and is the only safety orientation program specifically designed for the pulp and paper industry, by the industry. “The TAPPISAFE program provides the Domtar facility in Ashdown with a proven safety orientation system that will ensure all contractors working at our facility have the same safety orientation,” states Terry Hughes, Safety Manager.

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RoyOMartin-Martco Ltd. Partnership Invests $20 million To Expand Its Martco plywood Facility In Chopin, Louisiana

Area Development Online
May 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

RoyOMartin-Martco Ltd. Partnership will invest $20 million to modernize and expand its Martco plywood facility in Chopin, Louisiana. The firm plans to upgrade drying equipment, add a production line and create 24 jobs. The company will also retain 686 jobs. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the expansion project will result in an additional 56 indirect jobs, creating a total of 80 new jobs for the area. Founded in 1923, RoyOMartin and its family of companies manage 582,000 acres of timber and related resources while manufacturing wood products as one of the largest independent lumber companies in the South.

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Timber industry tipped to weather ash forest cut

ABC News, Australia
May 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Victorian Association of Forest Industries says it is confident the timber industry will survive the reduction in ash forest harvesting. VicForests is reducing the harvest of native ash forest for by 25 per cent, from 2017. It is expecting 200 people working in the industry to be sacked and sawmills to close.  The association’s Shaun Ratcliff says it will be difficult but if passed
in the Victorian Parliament, the Sustainable Forests Act will provide
some security to the industry.

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US, EU timber import regulations could bankrupt Central Africa’s small-scale loggers: expert

Trust.org
May 21, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Loggers in Central Africa could be driven out of business due to the high operating costs needed to comply with timber trade policies in Europe and the US, said experts from the Center for International Forestry Research. “Loggers now have to now bear the costs of generating new forest management plans, verifying timber and issuance of a legality licence that meets the requirements of the EU and US,” said Richard Eba’a Atyi, CIFOR scientist and co-author of a new report on the impacts of international timber policies on Central Africa’s forestry sector.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Proposed Building Code Changes Could Jeopardize Ontarians’ Safety

Cement Association of Canada
Canada Newswire press release
May 22, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) today expressed tremendous disappointment with those members of the building and construction industry who have called for changes to the Ontario Building Code (OBC) to allow construction of six-storey wood-frame buildings. The CAC is concerned that these proposed changes could put cost savings ahead of safety.

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Michael Green: Wood’s worth

Architect Michael Green’s ideas about building tall with wood could transform B.C.’s forest products industry and help combat climate change
Business in Vancouver
May 21, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Michael Green might be 46 years old, but he’s never forgotten the fascination of building towers out of wooden blocks. “When you give kids blocks, at any age, they stack ’em up to see how tall they are,” said Green. In the mid-2000s, the Vancouver-based architect was curious to see how high he could stack real-life blocks: new engineered products that make it possible to build tall – really tall – out of long beams and panels of glued-together wood pieces.

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Forestry

Canada’s boreal forest as special as the Amazon, report contends

Vancouver Sun
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

From caribou herds to landlocked seals, Canada’s boreal forest is rich in biodiversity treasures and just as worthy of global attention and protection as the Amazon, according to two leading conservation groups. …. “We are trying to get people — especially people who live in these northern lands — to realize they have areas as special as the tropics,” says co-author Jeff Wells, science and policy director at the Boreal Songbird Initiative, a non-profit based in the United States.

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Statement From CEO of Forest Products Association on Boreal Agreement

Canada Newswire
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – As the President and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, on behalf of the companies who signed the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), we regret that environmental groups have suspended negotiations in northwest Ontario and Quebec but we are pleased that they remain committed to continuing the hard work of the CBFA. This unique agreement covers all areas of the boreal where our companies operate from Newfoundland to the Rocky Mountains.

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Up the Boreal creek without a paddle

by Peter Foster
Financial Post
May 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The Canadian Boreal Forest agreement, CBFA, took yet another bizarre turn on Tuesday when one of its largest corporate signatories, Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products, withdrew, citing “unbalanced” demands from environmental NGOs. Quick as a tweet, the ENGOs claimed that it was they who were “suspending further work” with Resolute. This exchange threatened to put Resolute’s fellow corporate CBFA signatories in an uncomfortable position. Would they stand with Resolute, or cower once more before threats of misinformation-filled do-not-buy campaigns?

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Local business takes on provincial contract

Daily Herald Tribune
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

When wildfires burn it’s not just the firefighters that will be busy. All Peace Protection was fortunate enough to score this year’s provincial forest fire contact. Once a large wildfire breaks out, All Peace Protection will be the company the province calls to secure camps while others are combating the flames. …“When firefighters were out we made sure no outsiders came in to steal anything, we were responsible for fuel tanks for the helicopters and we were responsible for monitoring the helicopters too,” Alaimoana said.

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Marine trail lot being logged

Sooke News Mirror
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Views to the Strait of Juan de Fuca are rarely visible along the stretch of road past Jordan River, but now the water is visible amid the noise of logging equipment and chainsaws. District Lot 569, one of the properties owned by Ender Ilkay, is being logged by a partnership between the Pacheedaht First Nation and Anderson Pacific Forest Products and managed by Queesto Community Forest. .

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Pros pitch in to help Carihi forestry program

Campbell River Mirror
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The professionals are taking notice of the forestry education program at Carihi Secondary School. At a wind-up event on Thursday night at the Maritime Heritage Centre, the program received $1,000 from Timberwest and $5,000 from the Truck Loggers Association. “These days, when our members are struggling to find trained people to hire, it’s more important than ever to support forestry education in our local communities,” said Dwight Yochim, executive director of the association.

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Preservation of Koksilah’s old-growth forest seeded during working agreement

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Some of Cowichan’s last old-growth forest — along the Koksilah River — could be saved in about a year under a working document signed late last month by owners TimberWest and the Nature Trust of B.C. A memorandum of understanding inked April 22 is a step toward permanently preserving the stand cherished by Cowichanians, environmentalists, and now TimberWest that’s been logging the Warm Land for decades.

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Two wildfires burning in capital region, one north of Slave Lake being held

CTV News
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the dry conditions in and around the capital region, fire crews outside of Edmonton are busy with a number of wildfires. South of Spruce Grove, about 35 firefighters are dealing with a wildfire in a field west of Edmonton in the area of Range Road 273 and Township Road 522. Officials said the fire started at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, it’s not clear how big the wildfire became, and it was mostly contained to the field before it spread to nearby trees.

Alberta dealing with four out-of-control wildfires from the iNews880.com

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BCTS operations near Fort St. James pass audit

BC Forest Practices Board
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of BC Timber Sales and 19 timber sale licensees’ in the Fort St. James District found that forest planning, silviculture, fire protection, harvesting and road activities were mostly in compliance with legislation, according to a report released today. “The audit found that a timber sale licence holder installed a log culvert that was not structurally sound or safe for use by industrial users,” said board chair Al Gorley. “BCTS had prepared a proper design for the water crossing, but the licensee did not follow it.”

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IMPROVED GOVERNANCE FOR SASKATCHEWAN FORESTS

Government of Saskatchewan
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Forestry professionals who want to practice in Saskatchewan’s public forests must now demonstrate their qualifications and competence through registration with their professional association, similar to other professions like engineers and agrologists. On May 15, amendments to The Forestry Professions Act were proclaimed, legally establishing the right to practice for Registered Professional Foresters and Registered Professional Forest Technologists.

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Beech bugs could mean brown spring

Mining weevil infested up to 2,000 trees last year; HRM tries to take on pests
Chronicle Herald
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Spring has just begun painting Halifax in its perennial emerald and kelly green, the leaves dressing the once-naked branches made all the more brilliant by a steady coating of rain. But as the buds in the regional municipality start blooming, the beech population could see its leaves turn from green to brown, a sign of the pest found last year that infested at least 2,000 trees….However, there are not any products yet approved by the federal Pest
Management Regulatory Agency to kill the bug, which came to Nova Scotia
from its native Europe.

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There Are No Silver Bullets: No. 1 in a Series

by Jim Petersen
Evergreen Magazine
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

…All wars are hell, but this one has been god-awful. And still there is no end in sight We face superior armies with far more firepower than we’ve ever had. They are well trained, well organized and exceptionally well equipped….We are fighting for the future of a simple but very powerful idea – that this nation’s publicly owned forests ought to be managed by trained professionals for the economic and environmental benefits they are very capable of yielding. Although I find great appeal in this idea, many oppose it in the belief that only nature can correctly manage forests. I disagree.

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Forest Service must modify lynx protections

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service will have to stop dragging its heels on lynx protection. Last week, federal judge Dana L. Christensen in Missoula sided with the Bozeman-based Cottonwood Environmental Law Center and ruled that the U.S. Forest Service must re-evaluate the 20 different forest plans that deal with lynx habitat. However, Christensen would not halt any planned projects in the 18 national forests that are affected.

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USFS nixes 10-year stewardship contract on Malheur Forest

Blue Mountain Eagle
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JOHN DAY – After months of preparations, the Malheur National Forest announced last week it won’t offer a 10-year stewardship timber contract after all. Instead the agency is revamping its plans and will roll out a smaller Integrated Resource Timber Contract (IRTC) this summer. The deal will include 30 million board feet of timber – about the volume that has been offered annually in recent years – with a completion term of three to four years. Malheur

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Forest Service Fallout With Company Could Ground Air Tankers

Associated Press
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado called on the U.S. Forest Service on Friday to make certain that a contract dispute doesn’t ground large air tankers used to fight wildfires as warmer, drier weather boosts the risk of destructive blazes. The move came after Neptune Aviation formally protested national firefighting contracts awarded May 6 by the Forest Service. Missoula, Mont.-based Neptune was passed over for one of the contracts allowing as many as seven large, next-generation tankers to be operated by five other companies to fight blazes.

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Forest certification body revokes Swiss logging company’s certificate over alleged Congo abuses

Mongabay.com
May 21, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a body that certifies forest management practices, has revoked all certificates granted to the Danzer Group, a multinational logging company, over alleged human rights abuses by one of its former subsidiaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), reports Bloomberg. …Greenpeace filed its complaint 18 months ago. In a statement issued today, the FSC said it will terminate all of its contracts with Danzer. The “disassociation”, as the termination is known, “is the most severe sanction that FSC can impose”, according to the body.

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Fear that national parks could be logged

Camden Haven Courier
May 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

GREENS MP Cate Faehrmann MLC took time out last week to visit the Mid North Coast and to inspect native forests in the Lorne area. Frances Pike, from the Australian Forest and Climate Alliance, took Ms Faehrmann and local Greens candidate Ian Oxenford, on an inspection tour of an area which had recently been logged. Ms Faehrmann is concerned by the current status quo. “It’s clear the Coalition cannot be trusted when it comes to protecting our national parks from the extreme Shooters Party,” Ms Faehrmann said.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Regional District of Central Kootenay Board considers everything from carbon neutrality to medical grow ops

Nelson Daily
May 21, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

It looks like the Regional District of Central Kootenay will not meet its target to become carbon neutral by 2012, but staff are proposing another option to meet the goal in the near future. …But due to the Auditor General’s concerns with the Darkwoods Offset program, “it is the opinion of the CNK team that a purchase of Darkwoods offsets in the current environment could distract from the momentum and leadership that CNK local governments are demonstrating,” said the report’s author, RDCK environmental services coordinator Nicole Ward.

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Can state harvesting guidelines keep biomass sustainable?

Midwest Energy News
May 21, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

As a Midwest biomass group promotes a goal of drawing 10 percent of the region’s heating energy from wood fuels by 2025, more questions are sure to arise about whether that amount of fuel could be harvested sustainably. Heating the Midwest, which announced the goal at its conference last month, estimates that the region has more than enough logging and agricultural residue to supply a tenth of its heating energy by the middle of the next decade.

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