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Daily Archives: May 29, 2013

Business & Politics

Canadian Housing Market Calming, While Affordability Remains Good in Most Regions

from Bank of Montreal
Marketwire press release
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO  – According to a new report from BMO Economics, the Canadian housing market is calming rather than crashing, as the impact of tougher mortgage rules and cooling credit is partly offset by the supportive influence of low interest rates and continued income growth. “House prices have hit record highs in most regions across Canada, though the rate of appreciation has slowed,” said Sal Guatieri, Senior Economist, BMO Capital Markets.

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Earnings climb faster than inflation, forestry, management wages soar

Globe and Mail
May 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Earnings are climbing faster than the rate of inflation in most sectors in Canada — but they’re soaring in two sectors in particular: management and forestry. Managers in companies have seen earnings jump 11.3 per cent in the past year. That amounts to average weekly earnings of $1,276.59, including overtime, as of March compared with $1,257.35 a year earlier, according to Statistics Canada’s payrolls data out Wednesday. That’s the biggest increase, percentage-wise, of any sector save forestry and logging, where pay also rose 11.3 per cent (to $1,089.17) as demand picks up.

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Going global

Prince George Citizen
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The agreements Wuyi University signed last week with UNBC and Barkerville to work together is the latest in a growing series of uncomfortable truths for the naysayers who cry the blues whenever provincial and local politicians head to China to do business… Never mind that the province paid for the majority of the trip. Never mind that China, not the United States, is now B.C.’s largest market for softwood lumber. Never mind that Canfor has made incredible inroads into the Chinese market, selling more than a billion board feet of lumber there each year, which pays huge dividends to Northern B.C.

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It’s official, the former mill property sold last Friday

Campbell River Mirror
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The new owners of the Elk Falls mill site have yet to make a formal announcement, but there’s already speculation it could become a liquified natural gas (LNG) plant. “We can’t offer a lot of details right now,” said David Erdman of Quicksilver Resources. “Our intent is to start a feasibility study on suitable uses. It could include LNG, working with potential partners.” On Friday, Catalyst Paper announced it had finally sold the former pulp and paper mill site to to Quicksilver Resources of Canada Inc. for $8.6 million.

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Burnsview Students Team Up With Interfor Lumber Mill to Refresh Their Classroom

from Interfor and Delta School District
Marketwire press release
May 27, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

When Burnsview Secondary School teacher Laura Masini Pieralli saw her new Communications 12 class settle into their desks at the start of this school year, she got a good chuckle.   …So she had her students write letters to Randy Chadney, the mill manager at the Interfor Acorn Sawmill in the Tilbury area of Delta. They asked him if the mill could donate lumber so they could build the tables. Chadney agreed enthusiastically, and even invited the class to the mill for a tour.

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Nanaimo man joins TLA board

Nanaimo News Bulletin
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Nanaimo not only has a representative on the Truck Loggers Association board of directors, he’s the only member from a domestic milling company. Clint Parcher works for Coastland Wood Industries Ltd. in Nanaimo, a third-generation forestry worker. He started setting chokers as a 15-year-old for a summer job. “As a new director, my main goal for the first two years is to be engaged and understand the policy discussion process and lend a voice where possible,” he said. “This is the early stages for me, but I hope to be able to add a balanced voice and bring some more youthful insight into the organization.”

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High-tech mills help manage post-beetle supply drop

Necessity has been the mother of invention for companies making good wood out of bad
Business in Vancouver
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

BC’s Interior forestry industry is counting on cutting-edge sawmill technologies to soften the blow of the heavily reduced annual allowable cut anticipated in the wake of the mountain pine beetle infestation. “The worst-case scenario is that the [annual allowable cut] might drop as much as 30% to 40%,” said Doug Routledge, acting president of the Council of Forest Industries. Routledge said the sector hopes to reduce that number to 5% or 10% by harvesting trees in the right order – using affected pine trees first, for example – and reforestation.

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Gunns investors back Macquarie takeover

ABC Online
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A plan by Gunns’ liquidator to sell the failed timber company’s plantation schemes has been rejected by investors. Liquidator PPB Advisory wants to include Gunns’ managed investment schemes in a sell-off of the company’s assets. The Macquarie Group is trying to take control of nine schemes, worth $500 million. Investors, or growers, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the bank’s takeover. Macquarie still needs to convince the Victorian Supreme Court the deal is in the best interests of growers.

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Metso strengthens its position as a leading supplier to the pulp industry by obtaining a license to FLSmidth Lime Kiln and Recausticizing Technology

Marketwired (Press Release)
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Metso will acquire the lime kiln and recausticizing business of FLSmidth through an exclusive license to the technology concerned. The acquired business will be affiliated to Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power segment, Fiber business line. The value of the transaction will not be disclosed. A new lime kiln Technology Center employing 15-25 persons will be established in Copenhagen, Denmark. The acquisition will complement Metso’s portfolio as a full scope supplier to the pulp industry, and is in line with Metso’s strategy to be the leading global supplier of equipment and processes to the pulp and paper industry.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Anti-LEED bill heads to NC Senate committee Thursday

Charlotte Business Journal
May 28, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A controversial bill that would end the use of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program on public projects in North Carolina will be reviewed by an N.C. Senate committee Thursday.  Members of the Senate’s committee on agriculture, environment and natural resources are scheduled to consider House Bill 628 at a meeting that starts at 9 a.m. in Raleigh. The N.C. House of Representatives approved 70-43 on May 13 a third and final reading of proposed legislation, titled Protect/Promote NC Lumber.

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Forestry

Habitat for Humanity Canada Executive Joins Sustainable Forestry Initiative Board

Sustainable Forestry Initiative
May 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, United States

Ottawa, ON – Mark Rodgers, Chief Operating Officer of Habitat for Humanity Canada, has been elected to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI®) Board of Directors. Dr. Rodgers is a two-time recipient of the “Civic Action Award” and he was recently named one of the social sector’s top 25 most influential leaders in Canada.  “Mark Rodgers is an exceptional leader who goes to work every day with the purpose of making individuals and communities stronger through the work of Habitat for Humanity Canada and their affiliates and partners,” said Kathy Abusow, SFI President and CEO.

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Fire hazard climbing

The Chronicle Journal
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ministry of Natural Resources fire managers are keeping an eye on the weather as the forest fire hazard continues to climb across Northwestern Ontario. Fire information officer Heather Pridham said Tuesday that the hazard is high across the region, with pockets of extreme hazard in the Thunder Bay and Nipigon districts. Forested and open areas are dry and recent fires are showing a depth of burn of 10-20 centimetres, Pridham said, explaining that depth of burn is a technical reference to how many centimetres below the ground’s surface a fire has burned. 

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Firefighters gaining ground on California blazes

Helena Independent Record
May 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters made big strides toward getting ahead of a forest fire in mountains northwest of Santa Barbara, Calif. and stopped several smaller blazes around Southern California. The wildfire had carved its way through 3.2 square miles of chaparral, oak and pine Tuesday, but by day’s end firefighters had it 65 percent contained and residents from a few dozen homes that were evacuated Monday were allowed to return, fire spokesman Manuel Madrigal said.

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Rally today against genetically engineered trees in Asheville

Asheville Citizen-Times
May 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A march and rally against the production of genetically engineered trees will be held today at 4 p.m. in Pritchard Park. This march is just one of several efforts planned to gain the attention of the industry leaders, tree geneticists and researchers in Asheville for the Tree Biotechnology 2013 Conference this week. The biotechnology conference lasts from May 26-June 1, and efforts to resist the conference, dubbed the “Week of Resistance Against Genetically Engineered Trees,” is planned to last just as long, which began with Saturday’s March Against Monsanto that brought more than 1,000 individuals to Pack Square Park to protest genetically modified organisms.

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City focuses on removing dead pines

Helena Independent Record
May 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The legacy of dead pine trees left by the mountain pine beetle infestation is Brad Langsather’s job to clean up. As the City of Helena’s natural resource coordinator, he’s been involved in seeing that crews work to remove swaths of dead trees that stand rust red against the backdrop of green pines that survived the epidemic. The ongoing fuel-reduction work is clearing out these dead trees that pose hazards during windstorms.

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Forks area to offer tours of logging industry sites

Peninsula Daily News
May 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

FORKS — A Forks Logging & Mill Tour will offer insight into the West End’s rich logging industry and heritage today. …“For over a decade, visitors to Forks have been treated to an insider’s look at our logging industry with a first-class tour of active logging sites and working mills,” Andros added. Participating in the tour are Allen Logging, Rayonier, Dahlgren Logging and Dilley & Soloman Logging, among others.

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Researchers, US Forest Service officers study forests after beetle infestation

Steamboat Pilot & Today
May 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Routt National Forest lost about 615,000 acres of trees to the bark beetle epidemic. Medicine Bow National Forest had about 650,000 acres of dead trees, according to U.S. Forest Service spokesman Larry Sandoval. Now, the epidemic has leveled off, and officials are stepping in to take stock of the situation. A group of Forest Service officers and university researchers gathered Tuesday night at Bud Werner Memorial Library to share what’s been learned in the wake of the epidemic and how the forests are moving forward.

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Video Causes HSBC to Audit Relations With Malaysian Logging Companies

Hardwood Floors Magazine
May 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

HSBC Holdings PLC has ordered an audit of its relations with logging companies responsible for destroying the Borneo rainforest following a mocumentary video from London-based watchdog group Global Witness featuring Bill Oddie, a naturalist and television presenter. In the brief video, Oddie profiles the wily banker, noting the creature’s characteristic lack of remorse for destroying the planet’s rainforests.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

The other side of the climate story

Opinion: Government should be investing in projects that focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation
Vancouver Sun
May 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Our concerns about climate change have focused on limiting rising emissions from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, which push carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We don’t focus as much on land-use change, and for a country like Canada, with a vast land base, it is time to take seriously the opportunity to look at forest carbon reserves in Canada and beyond.

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7 Billion and Counting – Silviculture On an Upswing

250 News
May 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, BC.- It is a double milestone for silviculture. The 1st tree for Carbon was planted by the Executive Director of the Carbon Offset Aggegation Cooperative, MaryAnne Arcand. The ceremony at the Railway and Forestry Museum in Prince George was also cause to celebrate the new era of silviculture as the 7 billionth tree was planted in March in Maple Ridge. “Seven Billion trees have been planted, and now with our extra planting for carbon offsets, many more will be planted, to reforest and rehabilitate the land affected by mountain pine beetles and wild fires.” states Arcand.

Silviculture resurgence in BC from the HQ Prince George
Seven billion and counting from the Prince George Citizen

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Europe Logging US Forests to Fuel Power Plants

Newsmax.com
May 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

A shift in Europe from coal-fired to wood-burning power plants is helping to create jobs in the U.S. logging industry, while at the same time driving environmentalists crazy who see wetlands and decades-old forests being destroyed in North Carolina and other states. According to The Wall Street Journal, European energy companies — under pressure from governments there to reduce reliance on fossil fuels — are turning to U.S. forests to harvest wood because of tight restrictions on logging in Europe, where forests are in short supply to begin with.

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