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Business & Politics

Analysts praise Domtar’s diaper deal

Financial Post
May 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

Domtar Corp.’s $272-million acquisition of Associated Hyiegenic Products this week is drawing applause from analysts, who say it represents a smart expansion of the Montreal-based company’s non-paper business. Domtar announced the purchase of AHP, a large manufacturer and marketer of store brand infant diapers, on Tuesday morning. Analysts say it complements Domtar’s recent expansion into the adult incontinence market.

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CAW, CEP unions now known together as Unifor

New private sector union will represent 300,000 people in the Canadian workforce
CBC News
May 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

The CAW and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions will now be known as Unifor. The two unions, who officially merge on Labour Day weekend announced the new name Thursday in Toronto. It’s the latest step in their historic merger. The merger creates a 300,000-member union, the largest private sector union in Canada More than 5,000 name suggestions were submitted by, but the winning entries remains a secret.

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Industrial taxes ‘outrageous’

Letter by Joe Sawchuk
Cowichan Valley Citizen
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It is very annoying to the readers when they have to read comments from John Anderson that do not list all of the factors pertaining to his statement. He states that the Catalyst Corporation keeps on complaining that property taxes are too high. He fails to mention, that companies that own pulp mills in Port Mellon, B.C., Quesnel, B.C., Chetwynd, B.C., Nanaimo, B.C., Castlegar, B.C., MacKenzie, B.C., Prince George, B.C., Port Alice, B.C., Skookumchuck, B.C., and companies that own a smelter in Kitimat, B.C. and Trail, B.C., seem to have no complaints and pay their assessed property taxes accordingly.

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Natural resource industries critical to B.C.’s economic success

by Jock Finlayson – BC’s urban elites are out of step with the province’s resource-based economy
Troy Media
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia is a province with an increasingly urban-based population whose economic success has historically been tied to the efficient extraction, processing and exporting of commodities. …Today’s heavily urban population is poorly equipped to understand the realities of B.C.’s industrial and economic base. …There is, in short, a growing disconnect between the demographic structure of the province and the industrial and export base that supports the province’s economy.

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Feeling the squeeze

May 30, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

After more than 100 years in existence, the industry that helped shape this town has quietly disappeared from its maps. The municipality’s Official Community Plan erases log handling from Squamish’s peninsula. The District of Squamish’s present truck route map ignores some of forestry’s log sorting facilities completely. While there’s a long-term idea to move all log handling to an area on the southeast side the Mamquam Blind Channel — Site B — employees at the log sort on the other side of the waterway worry they’re being squeezed out of town altogether.

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New Catalyst GM brings fresh attitude to mil

Alberni Valley Times
May 28, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Fred Chinn is bringing a new attitude with him as he returns to the Port Alberni Catalyst operation, this time as the general manager. He said, heading into the future, the operation has to shed its old attitude and develop a new innovative way of thinking. For Chinn, that means building a healthy relationship with the community and becoming a good corporate citizen. “We are poised on the edge of being spectacular,” he said during a tour of the Port Alberni paper mill on Friday. “We’ve gotten through the dark times.

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Chips’ arrival upsets local harvesters at odds with mill

TheChronicleHerald.ca
May 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

POINT TUPPER — A barge carrying about 300 tractor-trailer loads of wood chips from Quebec sent shivers down the spines of frustrated harvesters when it arrived at the Port Hawkesbury Paper mill earlier this week. The private land harvesters claim that the mill is shipping in the chips while refusing to pay adequate prices for locally harvested wood. The mill, meanwhile, claims the chips were ordered as a protective measure when trucking contractors went on strike two weeks ago.

Barge full of wood chips arrives at Port Hawkesbury Paper from the 101.5 The Hawk

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Metso to supply complete tissue line for Yunnan Yun-Jing Forestry and Pulp Mill in China

Marketwired
May 29, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Metso will supply a complete tissue production line for Yunnan Yun-Jing Forestry and Pulp Mill Co. Ltd in China. The new tissue machine will be installed at the company’s mill in Jinggu County, Yunnan Province. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for mid 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed. With this new tissue line Yunnan Yun-Jing will be able to develop their forest resources into valuable consumer products and add high-quality tissue to their current product portfolio.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Ontario wood frame building gets a push

Daily Commercial News
May 29, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Members of the building and development industry are calling for changes in the Ontario Building Code (OBC) which would allow the construction of wood frame buildings of up to six storeys, increasing the limit from the current four storeys. An expert in urban planning says the move would drive construction costs down and allow for more affordable options for prospective homebuyers….The report states that wood frame construction could cost up to 10 to 15
per cent less than concrete construction. And based on a
1,000-square-foot unit, cost savings of $20,000 to $25,000 could be
achieved.

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Timber industry goes after green LEED certification

Marketplace.org
May 30, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Green building is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries. The program known as LEED certifies a million and a half square feet of building space every day. . …Rita Hite, with the American Forest Foundation, says LEED standards are designed for industrial operations like Weyerhaeuser. “Small land-owners don’t necessarily find it cost effective to participate in one of the larger industrial standards,” Hite says. So the industry wants the state to end LEED certification of public buildings.

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Video Knock on wood this car works (video)

Associated Press
May 29, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

First it was a bike, then a motorcycle. Now, a Hungarian man has created a car made almost entirely out of wood.

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Forestry

Supreme Court narrows purchasers’ tax liability

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

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that reforestation obligations assumed by a purchaser of timber rights were not taxable to the vendor. “This case [Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. v. The Queen] has been followed closely by the tax community since it concerns an issue of fundamental commercial importance: the tax treatment of liabilities and obligations assumed by a purchaser that relate to the asset being sold,” write Kim Maguire and Steve Suarez in Borden Ladner Gervais’ Tax Law Bulletin.

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Deal will save taxpayers $66,000

Nanaimo Daily News
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A contractor has been hired to apply treated sewage to forests at the foot of Mount Benson to grow trees for Vancouver Island University. The Regional District of Nanaimo has signed a four-year agreement with Sylvis, a New Westminster-based environmental company, which the RDN says will save taxpayers to dispose of treated sludge, which will be used as fertilizer for trees on the VIU woodlot at the foot of Mount Benson. Biosolids is the scientific name for a nutrient-rich, humus-like product made from pulp waste, or raw sewage digested in a four-week treatment process.

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Bainbridge area logging will not hurt water

Alberni Valley Times
May 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

City council will visit a local cut block TimberWest will soon be logging. TimberWest sustainability vice-president and chief forester Domenico Iannidinardo told council during Monday’s meeting the company would spend the next few weeks logging a cut block near Bainbridge Lake. “The cut block is situated east of the lake,” Iannidinardo said. “Its size is 18 hectares, and we will harvest 7,000 cubic metres. It’s one-fourth of what we normally produce.” The company will be logging 60-year-old second-growth trees.

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Creepy crawly caterpillars not as populous this year: expert

Victoria Times Colonist
May 28, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tent caterpillars, which last year wiped out apple crops on Saltspring Island and caused the cancellation of the annual apple festival, are now hatching from their tree-top nests and munching on fresh, green leaves. But these new hatchlings aren’t expected to reach the numbers of last year, nor decimate fruit orchards or deciduous trees to the same extent. “They’re really patchy,” said Judith Myers, a University of B.C. entomologist who studies the western tent caterpillars.

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Five new wildfires ignited

Fort McMurrary Today
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Despite the Wildfire Hazard Level for the Waterways area being lowered slightly to “High,” five new wildfires were ignited in the Fort McMurray area Tuesday evening, each caused by lightning. There are currently four wildfires still burning in the area, all of which are northeast of the city. Two of the fires are classified as “being held” and two are considered “under control.” No communities or industrial sites are being threatened by the fires.

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Upper Lands forest foray

North Shore News
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

I want you to come on a journey with me, to a wild place up in the mountains where trees grow big and old. …It is a rare opportunity to go look at the issues surrounding “use of the forest” in an area that is relatively untouched with trees as old as 650 years that are growing in one of the largest pieces of undeveloped land in the Metro region. The outcome for the trees is always in question where development, conservation and recreational uses are traded between private and public ownership agendas.

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What to Do About Moose

250 News
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – Moose will be the focus of a day long symposium slated for Saturday in Prince George.  Last fall, it was reported the moose population in the Prince George-Omineca region had dropped by as much as 50%, the decline was even more drastic in other areas of the province. …But that is not the only theory says Glaicar. He says some believe the heavy logging of the mountain pine beetle stands had left moose with an increased “dash zone” meaning they have to cover a lot more open ground to get to cover.

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Subdivison cancelled in favour of forestry plan

Cornwall Standard Freeholder
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

LANCASTER – Council has agreed to close the books on a planned subdivision, more than a decade after the homes were first proposed. Only one lot in the Stonehouse Point development was ever built, and the property owner petitioned South Glengarry this week to remove the subdivision designation. The developer had originally planned to erect 14 homes when approval was given in 1998. But now the owner hopes to establish a forestry management plan for the area, according to council documents.

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Truro forestry summer students hard at work

Truro Daily News
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TRURO – Three young women are getting down and dirty in the Town of Truro in an effort to help beautify the area. Leah Haltom, Megan Kenny and Samantha Guthro are studying forestry in post-secondary schools and have been hired by the town as summer students in the urban forestry sector. One of the first projects the women had was to replant trees along McClures Mills Road after they were again vandalized last week. They are also spreading awareness that more women are getting into the forestry sector.

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Emerald ash borer sets up shop in Durham

Insect boring into municipal budgets
Durham Region
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

DURHAM — It’s tiny, doesn’t belong here and it’s likely never going to leave. The emerald ash borer has been making its way through Ontario since first being discovered in the Windsor area in 2002. Huge swaths of ash trees have been decimated, forcing municipalities and conservation authorities to spend heavily to battle the invaders. Over the next five years, Ajax is going to be spending about $2 million in the fight.

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Missoula nonprofit aims to catalog 30000 to 50000 urban trees

The Missoulian
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This summer, teams of arborists and volunteers will flit from tree to tree throughout Missoula like squirrels on an arboreal marathon. Their mission: to catalog every stump, tree and broken branch in the city’s public byways…. “The people who planned this city planted lots of trees – they had great foresight,” said Karen Sippy, who helped organize the nonprofit Trees for Missoula organization. “But they’re starting to fail at the same time. They need a lot of care.”

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Triangle Lake residents press for moratorium on aerial spraying in private forests near schools, homes

The Oregonian
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

After years of complaints, a new Oregon Health Authority assessment reports that two common forestry herbicides have been found in the urine of residents near Triangle Lake west of Eugene. Although it stopped short of pinning the herbicide exposures on forestry spraying, the report has triggered renewed calls for a statewide moratorium on aerial spraying in private forests near schools and homes. The assessment focused on residents in a 236 square-mile corridor along Oregon 36 in the Coast Range of western Lane County, about 95 percent in timberlands.

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Dangers in the forest: falling trees pose threat to outdoor recreation

Rapid City Journal
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

You have to be heads up, literally, in the Black Hills National Forest these days. There could be something heavy headed your way. Falling trees are an increasing threat to hikers, bikers, campers and others in the forest, as pines killed by mountain pine beetles on hundreds of thousands of acres of forest decay and become likely to tumble. That doesn’t mean people who love the hills should stop enjoying them, U.S. Forest Service officials says. But it does mean that heads-up awareness is more important than ever.

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Forest Service monitors conditions, prepares for wildfire season

NBC Montana
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Last year, dry conditions made for a bad fire season. “The moisture’s definitely a good thing,” said Marianne Baumberger, fire information and education specialist with the Gallatin National Forest. This year’s been dry so far, but recently southwest Montana’s seen a lot of moisture. Baumberger said it certainly offers a helping hand for wildfire season- but it’s a tricky situation.”If we get more moisture, it’s less likely to burn,” Baumberger said, adding “but it has to keep coming throughout the summer and throughout the fall.”

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Kilmer’s Wild Olympics stance unchanged

Peninsula Daily News
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — Derek Kilmer continued to remain noncommittal this week on planned legislation that would ban logging on more than 126,000 acres of Olympic National Forest by declaring it wilderness and creating a protective buffer around Olympic National Park. Supporters of what is known as Wild Olympics legislation, which also would protect 19 rivers and seven tributaries in the national forest, are unconcerned about Kilmer not staking out a position — but hope he does so by the end of the year, Quilcene resident Connie Gallant, chair of the Wild Olympics Campaign, said Wednesday.

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Voters Want Trees, Wildlife and Clean Water

Eugene Weekly
May 30, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregonians would rather protect water, forests, fish and wildlife on their federal forestlands than cut them down for money for the timber economy and local governments. That’s the gist of a recent bipartisan statewide poll of likely voters in western Oregon by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The poll came out of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s panel of timber interests, conservationists and county commissioners who were tasked with finding a solution for Oregon’s O&C lands, named for the Oregon and California Railroad.

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Wildfire in Santa Barbara County now 80% contained, officials say

Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A wildfire in Santa Barbara County is now 80% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday. The White fire has been burning in the Los Padres National Forest since Monday afternoon and has burned more than 1,800 acres. Forest Service officials on Wednesday revised downward the total acreage burned. With firefighters gaining the upper hand, residents in the area have been allowed to return to their homes, though many campground and road closures are in effect. Crews are focusing their efforts on extinguishing small hot spots and keeping the blaze’s northeastern face from advancing.

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Larch trees felled to stop spread of disease in Wales

BBC News
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Urgent action has been taken to stop a tree-killing disease spreading in Wales. Natural Resources Wales has started felling larch trees infected with the fungus-like pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. It was first discovered in the Afan Valley, Neath Port Talbot three years ago and had infected trees in about 3,000 hectares by the end of 2012. NRW aerial surveys have revealed a further 1,800 hectares are showing signs of infection. 

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The invisible extinction of forest genetic resources: Can trees survive?

Reuters AlertNet (blog)
May 29, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Trees are the oldest and largest beings in the world, living for hundreds, even thousands, of years. But the secret to their longevity – their genetic diversity – is under threat, experts say. “Trees are highly diverse genetically,” said Laura Snook of Bioversity International during her keynote presentation at CIFOR’s Sustainable forest management in Central Africa conference in Yaoundé. “They contain not only the traits to survive the tests of time, but also the seeds for producing the next generation of trees.” “But their genetic resources are undergoing an invisible extinction,” she warned.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Dogwood Alliance launches campaign against logging for energy

Dogwood Alliance press release
May 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

May 28, 2013 – Southern forests are being burned for electricity, and a new campaign announced today aims to put an end to it. Dogwood Alliance and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have launched “Our Forests Aren’t Fuel” to raise awareness of an alarming and rapidly-growing practice of logging forests and burning the trees as fuel to generate electricity

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Energy Journal: Cut Down a Tree to Save the World?

Wall Street Journal
May 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Cutting down trees is the new green way. European Union countries are shifting to biomass—the burning of wood pellets—instead of coal in order to meet stringent environmental goals. So logging—long a bugbear of the green movement—is now in vogue. Just, not in Europe. As The Wall Street Journal’s Justin Scheck and Ianthe Jeanne Dugan report, the U.S. is shouldering the responsibility of supplying the EU with pellets as, conversely, the type of logging practice that this requires would breach EU rules.

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Burn the Forests, Save the Planet?

Wall Street Journal
May 29, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Good news for the American logging industry: Timber is back, with an assist from Europe’s anti-carbon crusade. Across the forests of East Texas and deep in the Florida swamps, trees are in rising demand as “biomass” to help utility companies in Europe meet their targets for so-called “renewable energy.” That basically includes everything except nuclear and fossil fuels—even wood pellets, made from compressed sawdust or trees run through a chipper.

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General

Feeling the squeeze

May 30, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

After more than 100 years in existence, the industry that helped shape this town has quietly disappeared from its maps. The municipality’s Official Community Plan erases log handling from Squamish’s peninsula. The District of Squamish’s present truck route map ignores some of forestry’s log sorting facilities completely. While there’s a long-term idea to move all log handling to an area on the southeast side the Mamquam Blind Channel — Site B — employees at the log sort on the other side of the waterway worry they’re being squeezed out of town altogether.

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Contractors call foul at local log yard

Terrace Standard
May 28, 2013
Category: Uncategorised

Piles of logs destined for export are laying stagnant in a recently-reopened log sort yard while the company that owns the logs sorts out a dispute with one of its contractors. The contractor, Bryco Enterprises, blocked the entrances to the Yaorun Wood yard with heavy equipment last week to prevent Yaorun from moving any wood until the dispute was settled. Yaorun leased the property from the city in Feburary for 10 years.

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