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Daily Archives: June 4, 2013

Business & Politics

Domtar completes the acquisition of Xerox’s US and Canadian Paper Business

PRNewswire
June 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Domtar Corporation today announced the completion of its acquisition of Xerox’s paper and print media products business in the United States and Canada, pursuant to an agreement entered into on March 21, 2013. The transaction includes a broad range of coated and uncoated papers and specialty print media including business forms, carbonless as well as wide-format paper formerly distributed by Xerox. The addition of a globally-recognized brand to Domtar’s existing portfolio of high quality, sustainability-driven paper products will allow the Company to better serve its customers.

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Going out on a limb for lumber stocks

For investors who missed rally, a second chance to get aboard?
Edmonton Journal
June 4, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Ticked off because you missed the big rally in lumber stocks that began in the spring of 2012? Join the club. I missed the surge too, even though I wrote about the improving prospects for lumber back in November, when the sector was barely halfway through its explosive move up. “Western Canada’s forest products industry is back in gear, riding a rebound in the U.S. housing market and surging lumber prices,” I gushed at the time.  Much to my surprise – and that of some industry analysts, who
prematurely predicted an end to the rally at the end of 2012 – the
run-up continued until spring.

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Hardwoods Announces Acquisition of Import Lumber Business and Amendment to US Credit Facility

CNW
June 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hardwoods Distribution Inc. announced today the acquisition of certain assets associated with the business known as Olam Wood Products conducted in Leland, North Carolina. The Business is an importer of high quality tropical lumber and decking material from Africa and South America for resale to industrial customers and wholesale distributors located in North America. Hardwoods also amended its US credit facility concurrently with closing the Transaction.

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Construction: RedBuilt exits Windsor plant

North Bay Business Journal
June 3, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Idaho-based engineered lumber maker RedBuilt, which acquired equipment and processes from Standard Structures in August 2011, finally wound down operations at the Windsor plant at the end of May. RedBuilt had looked to use the 45,000-square-foot I-joist production building fronting on Highway 101 to make Standard Structures-specialty finger-joint materials for other RedBuilt plants, but the scale of the Windsor facility would make in hours enough to supply three plants for a while, according to plant manager David Fabbrini.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Blue Pine is Green for Furniture and Flooring

woodworkingnetwork.com
June 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, United States

The devastation caused by the Mountain Pine Beetle has hit the U.S. and Canada hard, leaving a landscape of dead trees in formerly robust forests. Lodgepole pines have been among the hardest hit species but the growing market for beetle kill pine products has given cause for hope among many along with a new green wood with a slightly blue tinge. Corbin Clay didn’t know a lot about the dead trees issue when he relocated to Colorado in 2008. But the more he knew, the more he became intrigued with the idea of using the wood from the beetle killed trees.

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SOM releases Timber Tower Research Project

Archinect
June 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP today released Timber Tower Research Project, an initiative sponsored by the Softwood Lumber Board to establish the structural viability of a 42-story-tall prototypical mass timber framed building. The structural solution is benchmarked against the existing concrete-framed DeWitt Chestnut Apartments in Chicago—a revolutionary structural solution when it was designed by SOM in 1965. The new prototype is a hybrid system that uses the most efficient structural combination of mass timber, concrete and steel to reduce the carbon footprint of the resulting design by between 60 and 75 percent when compared to the concrete benchmark.

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Hillary Clinton Will Keynote USGBC’s Greenbuild This Fall

woodworkingnetwork.com
June 3, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Washington, DC – Most non-partisan wood workers, carpenters and architects will be pleased to learn that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will give the opening keynote address at its 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo this fall, the United States Green Building Council has announced. Clinton’s “smart power” approach to foreign policy repositioned American diplomacy and development for the 21st century.

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Forestry

Resource Expo a big hit

Prince George Citizen
June 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The return of the Forest Expo was a bigger windfall than organizers had hoped. By transforming it into an all-industries showcase, bringing in a professional events company to operate the expo, and re-launching the mothballed event during positive times in the natural resources sectors, the organizers had hoped to attract an audience of about 7,000. Many more than that came through the gates. “Show management reported that the expo attracted 8,321 registered industry visitors over the course of the two day event and they were not left disappointed,” said Denise Miller, spokeswoman for Master Promotions Ltd…

Resource Expo Brings Economic Impact from the HQ Prince George

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Activists ask BC Timber to postpone logging plans

Globe and Mail
June 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A group of concerned citizens in the Grand Forks region has asked the provincial government’s timber sales department to delay logging plans for an area that may serve as an important wildlife corridor between two provincial parks. BC Timber Sales is currently drawing up forestry plans for a 3,200 hectare area, known as Lynch Creek North, which slopes down from the alpine in Gladstone Provincial Park to the valley containing the Granby River. The river flows out of Granby Provincial Park, to the northwest.

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The rock star of botanists

Andy MacKinnon wrote the ‘bible of botany’ and has played a key role in B.C.’s ecological growth
The Province
June 2, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Simon Fraser University is about to give its highest honour to a man who eats mosquitoes to turn his breath into bug repellent. It’s unclear whether the university will award botanist Andy MacKinnon an honorary doctorate this month because of his taste in bugs, or in spite of it. …This is probably a sensible admission coming from a forest service research ecologist revered across B.C. as a guru of botany. The reverence may have something to do with the six best-selling books on Western North American plants MacKinnon has co-authored over the last 21 years.

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Latest Northeast Region forest fire update

BayToday.ca
June 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

No new fires were confirmed in the Northeast Region by the time of this report on June 3. There is one active fire in the region. Hearst 5 is under control at 1.9 hectares. The fire hazard is low throughout the Northeast Region.

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Selinger defends millions spent on UNESCO bid

UNESCO bid worth the effort and money: Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger
The Canadian Press
June 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Manitoba and Ontario governments are defending their decisions to commit more than $15 million to get UNESCO recognition for a large stretch of boreal forest along the interprovincial boundary. Having Pimachiowin Aki designated a UNESCO world heritage site will attract tourists to the remote area and make it easier to protect it from development, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger told reporters Monday. “It gives you another level of protection and it gives you world-class recognition for what’s being done in Manitoba.” 

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Community forests not an easy solution, says expert

Department of Natural Resources looking for suggestions for former Bowater land
CBC News
June 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

There is a large effort underway in Nova Scotia to create community forests on lands abandoned by Bowater Mersey, but one expert says there are more problems than opportunities for local groups that want in. …Jorg Bailer, who is part of a group that advises the government on community forests, said a traditional harvest of lumber for boards and fuel wood would not fill the gap left by the closure of the mill. He said ideas for possible new ventures are a work in progress — more of a concept than an actual list.

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Thousands return as 50-square-mile wildfire north of LA tamed, some find homes destroyed

Associated Press
June 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PALMDALE, Calif. – Dennis Immel’s neighbours, even his wife, followed official orders and fled as a huge wildfire approached his lakeside neighbourhood in northern Los Angeles County. But Immel, after stocking up on fire hoses and nozzles, remained. His house still stood on Monday as many of his neighbours returned to find their houses destroyed. “I made the maybe foolish choice to stay and maybe fight it,” said Immel, 59, at his house in Lake Hughes, one of two communities where evacuation orders were lifted for nearly 3,000 people Monday as the fire that consumed 50 square miles was 60 per cent contained.

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The new era of public forest management

Mail Tribune
June 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…These special places are all part of the so-called O&C lands, managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Some timber companies and county officials are pushing a plan to dramatically increase timber harvesting, allowing logging and clearcutting on roughly 60 percent of the O&C forestlands, many of which are close to populated areas. …. Industrial, private timberland practices, which seek to maximize profit, don’t belong on our backyard forests. We need a balanced approach that safeguards clean drinking water, ancient forests, water quality in our rivers and streams, and the scenic beauty that makes Oregon a great place to live, work and raise a family.

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Powerhouse wildfire north of LA heralds a much longer fire season

Christian Science Monitor
June 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Powerhouse fire, which erupted in scrub-covered rugged terrain north of Los Angeles and has blackened 30,000 acres, destroyed 6 homes, and forced the evacuation of thousands of people, is dramatizing the challenges facing states across the West, including a much longer fire season, analysts say. …Don Smurthwaite, spokesman for the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, says the Powerhouse fire should be taken as a sign in California that communities must get prepared for a much longer than usual fire season, and take steps to clear brush around their homes and communities.

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Timber communities worried about repayment demand

The Associated Press
June 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

JUNEAU, Alaska — A federal demand for repayment of funds has Alaska timber communities worried that a program that relies on the money for schools and other projects could be doomed. U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell has asked 41 states to return a total of $17.9 million in timber payments as a result of automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Those timber payments are used for schools, roads, and search and rescue operations in rural communities and for conservation projects.

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MT National Forest attempts to spur pine beetle epidemic

KPAX-TV
June 3, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

BEAVERHEAD – Forest Service workers will be applying insecticides in recreation sites throughout the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest over the next few weeks. They are looking to stem the mountain pine beetle epidemic, which has heavily affected many areas throughout southwest Montana. If you’re planning an outing on the 3.5 million acre Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, officials say many of the recreation sites will look different than in years past.

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What are we doing to ensure forestry doesn’t follow Ford?

On Line opinion
June 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Government moved quickly to offer financial support to our fellow Australians after Ford’s recent announcement. It might do equally well to consider some calibrated and creative intervention at the top of other cliffs rather than awaiting other trade exposed industries to fall off. The forest products industry is a profound case in point, where a sensible dose of prevention can, and should, easily outweigh the costly cure. This is not to advocate anything like tariff barriers or other simplistic devices – which kill innovation.

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Asia Pulp and Paper’s No Deforestation policy continues as it issues its third Sustainability Roadmap ‘Vision 2020’ update

Fort Mills Times
June 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Asia Pulp and Paper Group today announces that its commitment to end deforestation in its supply chain continues to protect Indonesian rainforest. The announcement comes as the company releases the third update to its Sustainability Roadmap ‘Vision 2020’. APP’s Forest Conservation Policy, which ended natural forest clearance in the company’s supply chain, was announced on February 5 this year. Natural forest will be identified through High Conservation Value and High Carbon Stock assessments currently underway across all APP land concessions in Indonesia.

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Hopes for forestry scheme to branch out

A NEW vision for forests aims to begin new planting in derelict and rundown areas of Glasgow and the Clyde Valley as part of a bid to increase Scotland’s woodland cover by more than 50%.
Herald Scotland
June 4, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Over a period of 25 years, the woodland strategy will expand woodlands in areas and breathe new life into existing ones, resulting in more trees around towns and villages, especially in post-industrial areas. The urban woods project is part of a forestry strategy that aims to increase the percentage of Scotland covered by woodland from 17% to 25% allowing for cuts in carbon emissions. The strategy was launched in Castlemilk where underused areas have already been regenerated to provide what is described as “opportunities for social, economic and environmental improvements”.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Enzyme from wood-eating gribble could help turn waste into biofuel

Phys.Org
June 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, United States

Scientists have discovered a new enzyme that could prove an important step in the quest to turn waste (such as paper, scrap wood and straw) into liquid fuel. To do this they turned to the destructive power of tiny marine wood-borers called ‘gribble’, which have been known to destroy seaside piers. Using advanced biochemical analysis and X-ray imaging techniques, researchers from the University of York, University of Portsmouth and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the USA have determined the structure and function of a key enzyme used by gribble to break down wood.

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Promising new technology could see straw and wood products reduce emissions

Canadian Press
June 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

CALGARY – A simple concept using straw or wood waste from the forestry and agricultural sectors might help cut greenhouse gas emissions and clean up water produced by Alberta’s oilsands. Lead researcher David Layzell from the University of Calgary said studies have shown that straw and wood can be turned into a biocarbon tailored for absorbing acids found in tailings ponds. “It’s actually a very simple idea. Many of us use charcoal filters or carbon filters on our tap water to take out odours that we don’t like or bad tastes or even chlorine,” he said. 

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The Cost Of Energy (And Why Shipping American Firewood To Europe Is A Crazy Idea)

Forbes
May 28, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Would you believe European companies are getting carbon credits for burning America’s forests? Reading in the Wall Street Journal this morning about how European companies are clearcutting North Carolina forests in order to make wood pellets to send back home as heating fuel reminded me of just how insane the global green movement has become.  Nevermind that pelletized wood is virtually identical to coal in terms of heat content and carbon emissions — the greens consider biomass sustainable and ostensibly carbon neutral because it can be regrown.

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Go-ahead for Forth Energy wood-fuel power station at Grangemouth

BBC News
June 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Consent has been granted to develop a £465m wood-fuelled heat and power plant at the Port of Grangemouth. Forth Energy said the 18-hectare site could be operating by 2017, burning wood mostly shipped from overseas. It is hoped the plant could create between 300 and 500 construction jobs and 70 posts based at the port, running the plant and handling the fuel. Local campaigners condemned the decision, calling it a “bad day for the people of Grangemouth”.

Ministers approve Grangemouth biomass plant plans from scotsman.com

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Vital investment tool developed for wood processors

Wood Council of NZ
June 4, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A major study report released by the Wood Council highlights the need for by-products from established industries like sawmilling if New Zealand is to develop profitable businesses based on emerging technologies, like bio-fuels and bio-chemicals. The WoodScape study is the result of collaboration between the forest and wood products industry, the NZ Ministry for Primary Industries and NZ Trade and Enterprise, which together funded the project.

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Biomass Industry Plays With Fire, Gets Burned

The Biomass Monitor
June 3, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Toxic smokestack emissions aren’t the only public health threat from industrial scale biomass energy facilities. Fires and explosions have been responsible for multiple injuries and three deaths at biomass incinerators over the past three decades. As of May 2013, fires and/or explosions have occurred at 20 industrial biomass incinerators, based on research from UK-based Port Talbot Residents Against Power Stations andThe Biomass Monitor. Additionally, over 45 wood pellet plants and 20 wood products mills have experienced fires of varying levels of intensity and destructiveness.

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