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Daily Archives: May 28, 2013

Business & Politics

Veneer Services To Sell Raute Technology in U.S. and Canada

woodworkingnetwork.com
May 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Veneer Services will now offer Raute’s technology to hardwood veneer and plywood producers in the U.S. and Canada. The agreement, reached during Ligna 2013 and announced today, is expected to strengthen Raute’s position in hardwood market in North America, where Raute’s focus has been on serving the softwood plywood and laminated veneer lumber industries. Raute’s technology is well established among hardwood veneer and plywood industries in Europe, Russia and South East Asia, and it is competitive in the hardwood industry in North America.

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Domtar buys U.S. diaper maker for $272-million

Globe and Mail
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Paper-maker Domtar Corp. is broadening its presence in the personal care products market with a $272-million (U.S.) deal to buy the largest maker of store-brand infant diapers in the United States. Montreal-based Domtar said on Tuesday it has struck a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Associated Hygienic Products from DSG International. Domtar first broke into the consumer products area in 2011 with the purchase of Greenville, N.C.-based Attends Healthcare Inc., a manufacturer of incontinence undergarments and other products.

Domtar shares rise on $272 million diaper acquisition from the Financial Post

Click here for a press release from Domtar

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West Fraser to begin Pine salvage in the LP Community Forests

Chetwynd Echo
May 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

CHETWYND – Chetwynd Forest Industries, a division of West Fraser Mills, is finalizing its plan for a five-year pine salvage harvest in the Little Prairie Community Forest with a series of open houses in the town and surrounding areas to gather local input. Open house meetings were held in Chetwynd, Saulteau and West Moberly from April 24 – 30. The company plans to take what input they get from these meetings into consideration while they carry out the remaining fieldwork.

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IP announces leadership moves

Pulp and Paper News
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

International Paper recently announced the retirement of a senior leader and three other leadership moves. …Maximo Pacheco, senior vice president, president, IP EMEA, announced his retirement from International Paper and the board of directors of the ILIM Group, a 50:50 joint venture in Russia, effective September 30, 2013.

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Most timber exported from Ghana illegal

The Missoulian
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Environmental watchdog group Global Witness says new documents on logging permits in Ghana indicate most timber exported from the country “carries a high risk of being illegal,” exposing purchasers to possible jail time under a new European Union regulation. The permit lists obtained in February and published Tuesday cover more than 15,000 square kilometers, or nearly 15 percent of the country’s land mass. A review by Global Witness revealed that permits for more than 12,000 square kilometers were not covered by the country’s 1998 Timber Resources Management Act.

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Timber certification moves on despite EU agreement delay

The Jakarta Post
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Despite some small progress in timber certification, there has been no benefit due to postponement of the voluntary partnership agreement (VPA) with the European Union. The timber industry remains effectively locked out of the European market. Forestry Ministry secretary general Hadi Daryanto acknowledged the failure to have all timber certified under the system by March, the initial deadline, but claimed progress had been made, with over 660 companies having secured the timber legality verification certificate, known locally by the acronym SVLK .

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Forestry

Greenpeace’s ‘malicious falsehoods’ in attacks on Boreal Forest Agreement

Financial Post
May 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

In a welcome but all-too-rare display of corporate backbone, Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products has sued Greenpeace Canada.  The suit, which was filed in Thunder Bay last Thursday, names Greenpeace and its campaigners, Richard Brooks and Shane Moffatt, and claims “damages for defamation, malicious falsehood and intentional interference with economic relations” in the amount of $5-million. It also seeks punitive damages of $2-million, plus costs.

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Central Alberta wildfire now under control, evacuation notice lifted

CTV News
May 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Brazeau County officials said a wildfire that started last week is now considered under control, and things are returning to normal for residents in the area affected. Early Monday morning, officials said a wildfire that had been burning west of the community of Lindale was under control. As a result, evacuation notices for residents had been lifted and any road blocks or speed limit reductions had been removed.

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Resources Expo Just Days Away

250 News
May 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C.- The countdown is on for the Canada North Resources Expo. Set for Friday and Saturday, the two day event at the Exhibition Grounds in Prince George is expecting about 7 thousand visitors. The Central Interior Logging Association (CILA) Executive Director and Resources Expo Society Chair MaryAnne Arcand ays the exhibit opportunities have been sold out for more than a month. “Exhibitors are coming from all over northern BC and Alberta, and western Canada, to showcase the latest in equipment and technology for the natural resource and transportation industries” says Arcand.

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Wildfire Hazard ‘Low’ in Grande Prairie region

HQ Grande Prairie
May 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has dropped the wildfire hazard in the Grande Prairie management area to ‘Low’. Weekend cool temperatures and rain have helped drop the risk, although officials say northern parts of the wildfire management area remain quite dry.  The fire advisory has been lifted too, although municipalities may still have those advisories in place — check with your fire guardian to make sure burning is permitted.

Wildfire hazard still high from the Fort McMurray Today

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Wildfire alert remains for northwest B.C.

Terrace Standard
May 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fewer wildfires have been reported so far this year but forest service firefighters remain on alert as the weather warms up, says Suzanne Pearce from the forest service’s Northwest Fire Centre in Smithers. “We’re forecasting for temperatures up to 25 degrees up Hwy37 so that’s a reason to be prepared,” she said late last week.

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Fire situation heats up

Kenora Online
May 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The forest fire situation in northwestern Ontario is heating up. Due to minimal precipitation, the Dryden Fire Centre is predicting the fire danger in the region could become worse this week. The fire hazard in the region is currently high, but could become extreme if there’s no rain. Fire information officer Heather Pridham notes over the weekend, there were new fires reported in the Dryden Area. “Of the six fires that occurred over the weekend, there are currently four active fires in the Dryden area. We’re expecting those fires to be called out later today and tomorrow,” she said.

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Surging wildfire forces evacuations in California

Associated Press
May 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – A surging wildfire forced several thousand people, most of them Memorial Day campers, to evacuate the mountains of California’s Santa Barbara County, officials said. The fire broke out about 2:45 p.m. Monday in Los Padres National Forest about 15 miles north of Santa Barbara, and hours later had grown to 1,000 acres — or 1.5 square miles — amid winds of about 20 mph, U.S. Forest Service officials said. It was 5 per cent contained.

Fight resumes against fire that threatened campers from the Associated Press

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Setting the record straight about forest certification

by Corey Brinkema, President of the Forest Stewardship Council US
GreenBiz.com (blog)
May 27, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

There has been a recent flurry of media coverage about the ongoing debate over forest certification. At the debate’s core is a central falsehood propagated by status quo industry: All forest certification standards are equal. In fact, key differences lead to very different levels of support from progressive businesses and civil society. Look at Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards related to clearcuts, rare old growth, conversion of natural forests to plantations, protection of water quality, indigenous peoples’ rights and many other key factors.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Environmentalists warn against burning US trees (with video)

BBC News
May 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Environmentalists are trying to block the expansion of a transatlantic trade bringing American wood to burn in European power stations. The trade is driven by EU rules promoting renewable energy to combat climate change. Many millions of tonnes of wood pellets will soon be shipped annually to help keep the lights on in the UK. Other EU nations may follow. …But Derb Carter from the Southern Environmental Law Center fears that UK subsidies for burning wood in power stations are harming wildlife-rich forests in the USA. He spoke to the BBC’s Roger Harrabin in a swamp forest in Georgia.

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Panamanians reject UN forest plan

eco-business.com
May 27, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Indigenous people in Panama are asking the United Nations to close down its global forestry programme, REDD, in their country. REDD – Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation – is designed to slow climate change by preventing the destruction of the world’s most vulnerable forests. It is a key part of the UN’s attempts to tackle a warming climate, and failure in Panama will have impacts much further afield. The demand, by the National Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples in Panama, will test a provision of the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which says they have the right to refuse projects and investments which affect their natural resources.

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General

West coast log and lumber exports decrease

Total US log and lumber exports increase in first quarter of 2013
USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station
May 23, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

PORTLAND, Ore. Log and lumber exports from the West coast plummeted in the first quarter of 2013 according to a Forest Service research economist. Log exports dropped 33 percent: from 362 million board feet in the first quarter of 2012, to 242 million board feet in the first quarter of 2013. However, the total value of log exports increased more than 27 percent, from $232 million to $297 million.  Meanwhile, lumber exports dropped by 91 million board feet in the first 3 months of 2013 compared to the same time last year.

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